Friday 12 February 2010

Board refuses Ballybeg light industrial/office development

An Bord Pleanála has refused a large industrial/office development at Ballybeg, Rathnew, Wicklow.

The Board decided to overturn the decision of Wicklow County Council's Planning Department to grant planning permission for the following reason:

Having regard to the location of the site on the periphery of the built up area of
Rathnew and, notwithstanding the zoning objective, as set out in the Wicklow
Environs and Rathnew Local Area Plan, which provides for ‘Employment and Retail
Warehousing’ on the site, it is considered that the proposed development is removed
from other areas of consolidated employment type development and having regard to
the scale, density and layout proposed, it is considered that the proposed development would result in overdevelopment of the site and would not be in accordance with the orderly expansion of Rathnew, including the adjoining AA10 zoned lands. It is considered that the proposed development would be prejudicial to the orderly development of these and adjoining lands including the provision of a co-ordinated access to these sites, would be premature pending the determination of a road layout for the area and would, therefore be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

This planning file's Wicklow County Council reference number is 08/1375 and the appeal reference number is PL27 .233755.

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