Appeal lodged against Offaly County Council's decision to deny planning permission for housing development

Permission was refused due to what was described as 'the substandard design of the houses'

Damian Moran


Damian Moran


James Spollen Ltd has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala after Offaly County Council refused it permission to build 20 houses in the county. 

Permission had been sought to build the 20 houses  including 12 two-storey dormer semi-detached properties, one detached two-storey dormer and seven terraced two-storey dormer houses at Daingean Road, Puttaghaun, Tullamore but it was refused by the local authority. 

The planner's report cited 'the substandard design of the houses' as the reason permission was refused.

The original decision pointed to design features such as 'the lack of chimney features throughout the development, the hap hazard gable elevations facing open space, the use of brick finishes as an overall external finish which is not used in the locality and the lack of sufficient variety in visual appearance along the proposed terrace given the narrow nature of the front elevations and the repetitive nature of the design'.

The decision therefore concluded that the proposed development would be 'injurious to the visual amenities of the area and therefore is not in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area'.


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