Belturbet units appealed

Plans for a housing development in Belturbet have been appealed to An Bord Pleanála. The proposal by auctioneer Mark Lawlor to build on a vacant site at Chapel Road and Widow’s House Lane was approved by Cvan County Council last month, with close to two dozen conditions, including that unit density be reduced to nine from the original 10 proposed.

The property types, to be developed in two blocks, comprise five apartments/maisonettes and four terraced houses. Cathal and Maura Hughes, trading as Church View Guest House, had lodged a submission on the original planning file. In it, they voiced concerns over “significant business loss due to noise disturbance” if the project was permitted.

In a second submission, the couple flagged concerns over the availability of public open space, as per current guidelines. Bin storage, car parking, drainage and the impact of external lighting were also highlighted as areas of concern.

The appeal was lodged by Cathal and Maura Hughes with An Bord Pleanála last week, with a decision due in January 2024.