An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for a enchancment Of Almost 100 new homes in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, As a Outcome of of lack of water infrastructure Inside the metropolis.
The board turned down an attraction by Cloncastle Development in the direction of The selection of Cork County Council to reject The agency’s proposal to assemble 93 homes and a creche on a 4.2-hectare website On the Miles on the western outskirts of Clonakilty.
The board agreed with the native authority that The event Can be untimely As a Outcome of of The prevailing deficiency Inside the performance of public water currents Inside the West Cork metropolis.
The board said The mannequin new housing property would Finish in further calls for on the water current system in Clonakilty which was Extra probably To current rise to a hazard to public well being.
It said The event Can be opposite to The proper planning and sustainable enchancment of The world however An indication by Irish Water that it meant to improve the metropolis’s water current system to facilitate new housing enchancments.
The board said there needed to be readability and certainty Regarding the timelines for such improve works earlier than planning permission Might be thought-about. The agency Recognized that it had been educated by Irish Water in 2018 that water current and sewerage connections to The state of affairs have been possible.
However, Irish Water educated the developer final December that its earlier place Did not mirror The current state of affairs as improve works Can be required to Clonakilty’s public water current To supply further performance.
The board famous Irish Water suggested Cloncastle Development that it had no plans To maintain out such an improve Contained in the lifetime of any planning permission Which Might Even be granted for The state of affairs or Inside The agency’s current funding programme.
In its attraction, Cloncastle Development had argued that a refusal of planning permission would delay the supply Of latest homes in Clonakilty. It requested a grant of planning permission for A ten-yr interval which it claimed would permit time for the required infrastructure to be put in place.
A report by an inspector with An Bord Pleanála said the proposed enchancment was acceptable in precept. However, the inspector Recognized that an improve of Clonakilty’s public water current was not Definitely one of 27 tasks listed for Cork in Irish Water’s funding plan for 2020-2024.
The agency had proposed phasing supply of the housing scheme by constructing 15-20 mannequins Every yr till the Irish Water community could cater for The complete enchancment.