Planning appeal dropped on 700-home development

Plans for a major development of 700 homes in the Dunboyne/Clonee area can now proceed after an appeal against the granting of planning permission was withdrawn last week.

Kells civil engineer John Callaghan lodged the appeal on behalf of Sustainability 2050 with an Bord Pleanala last November after Meath Co Council gave the green light to Azra Property Company Ltd, for the development. The appeal was withdrawn on 6th March.

An Bord Pleanala has also cancelled the Oral Hearing on the case.

Mr Callaghan featured in an RTE Investigates documentary in December which revealed how two individuals, operating as environmental non-governmental organisations, were systematically objecting to planning applications.

In October last year, Azra Property Company Ltd, a subsidiary of the Comer Group, was granted permission for the 716-home development on a 16.92 hectares site located in the townlands of Castle Farm, Ruskin and Clonee, Dunboyne, Co Meath.

A submission was not made by Sustainability 2050 at planning application stage but as an environmental non-government organisation, the appeal has been made under 37 4(c) of the planning and development act 2000.

Their agent was listed as civil engineer John Callaghan of Oldcastle Road, Kells.

A total of 517 apartments are planned in eight buildings of four to seven storeys in height. The apartments are made up of 10 one-bed apartments, 202 two-bed apartments, and 24 three-bed apartments accommodated in four 4-6 storey apartment buildings; 55 one-bed apartments, 80 two-bed apartments and 12 three-bed apartments accommodated in two six-seven storey apartment blocks and 36 one-bed apartments, 78 two-bed apartments and 20 three-bed apartments accommodated in two four-five storey apartment blocks.

The scheme also includes 155 two-storey houses, made up of eight two-bed homes, 69 three-bed homes, 74 four-bed homes and four five-bed homes. Also included are 44 duplex units accommodated in two three-storey terraces made up of 22 one-bed units, 18 two-bed units and four three-bed units.

As part of the application, alterations to two roundabouts on the R147 (old Navan-Dublin Road) are also proposed as well as 470m of new distributor road.