28 May 2022

Planning refused for major Offaly housing development

Plan for 32 homes refused by council

Planning refused for major Offaly housing development

Planning refused for major Offaly housing development

Offaly County Council has taken the decision to refuse planning permission for a housing development in Rhode.

Patrick Muldoon had lodged a plan in November 2017 to construct 32 houses, a collection of detached and semi-detached properties on the Edenderry road at Laurancetown, Rhode, Co. Offaly.

However, the planning department of the council has quoted three reasons for the plan's refusal. 

They stated that the planned development is contrary to the "proper planning and sustainable development of the area and would breach a number of policies relating to local employment and services policies contained in the Offaly County Development Plan 2012-2020.

The council said that to "locate multiple residential development on lands zoned as local employment/services would conflict with the Core Strategy of the development plan."

They also indicated that the proposed development contravened the Ministerial Guideline issued to Planning Authorities under Section 28 namely 'Residential Development in Urban Areas, 2009' as "the density is below the density required for edge of village centre sites."

They said the scale and character of the development has the potential to significantly negatively impact the sustainable growth of the village of Rhode.

"Therefore, the site is too large and the density is too sparse to satisfy adequate number of residential units and density standards," the decision read.

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