By Keith Bourke
A housing development in Castlebar has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.
The application involves permission for four two-storey, two- bed town houses, at Riverside, Newtown, Castlebar together with all associated demolitions, and all ancillary siteworks, services, landscaping and parking.
The site has a stated area of 0.056 hectares.
It comprises a former builder’s yard which lies to the rear of a dwelling fronting onto Newtown/Newport Road while the appeal site fronts onto Marian Row to the west.
Mayo County Council had previously deemed four units to be excessive for the site and granted permission for three dwellings.
However, An Bord Pleanála upheld the developer’s appeal.
“It is considered that the proposed development would represent an appropriate densification of the site, would not impact unduly on the residential amenities of dwelling in the vicinity and would therefore be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” stated An Bord Pleanála.
An Bord Pleanála also found that Mayo County Council did not properly apply the terms of the development contribution scheme adopted under section 48 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, being the Castlebar Town Council Development Contribution Scheme 2011, and it is necessary therefore to amend the contribution figure applied.
The developer shall pay to the planning authority a financial contribution of €5,220 in respect of public infrastructure and facilities benefiting development in the area of the planning authority.