BORD PLEANÁLA REFUSES PLANNING FOR 30-HOUSE DEVELOPMENT IN CASTLEMARTYR
An Bord Pleanála has upheld a refusal by Cork County Council to grant planning for a 30-unit housing development in Castlemartyr due to “existing wastewater constraints.”
Developers Solas Partnership had appealed the council’s decision delivered last May, writes Christy Parker.
At that time Solas Partnership had sought 10-year planning for 209 houses comprising two, three and four-bed units, plus a crèche, office units, a kick-about pitch, multi-use games & local play areas,. The development would link to an existing housing development at Gortnahomna at the village’s eastern perimeter s, by way of two pedestrian bridges.
The council had refused permission for that development on the grounds that Castlemartyr’s public water supply and sewage infrastructure was capable of meeting the requirements for the development.
Solas Partnership then sought planning for just 30 houses instead, reflecting the recommended number of houses for any new development under the East Cork Municipal District’s local area plan.
Bord Pleanála observed that the EPA had already found that the existing wastewater treatment plant serving Castlemartyr contravened, considerably, emission limits affecting water quality.
Irish Water however claimed its network could cater for the first phase of 30 houses and that full capacity would be reached within six years.
Council planners were less than convinced by these assertions and remained dissatisfied that there was any guarantee that present constraints about wastewater treatment would be addressed as predicted.
The Bord sided with the planners, finding that based on information supplied by Solas Partnership, uncertainty in regard to the wastewater treatment capacity was sufficient to refuse planning,. The Bord also noted the absence of an impact statement in regard to a possibly significant effect on the Ballymacoda special area of conservation.
In a further observation the Bord expressed reservations that part of the proposed was decreed to be of high risk for flooding.