AN BORD PLEANALA have overturned a planning decision made by Waterford Council’s planning department. Permission has been granted this week for seven-split level luxury dwelling houses on the site of the Bookie Woods in Tramore.
When making their decision, An Bord Pleanala said “it is considered that, the proposed development would not seriously injure the visual, landscape, or residential amenities of the area, would not have an undue adverse ecological impact, and would not constitute a flood risk. The proposed development would, therefore, be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”
Following an application which was submitted on March 9, to Waterford Council, the application received 13 opposing submissions. A decision was due on June 28 by the planning department of Waterford City & County Council, but an early decision was reached on June 11 to refuse planning. Ecological analysis of the site earlier this year, found a significant bat population living in the mature oak trees on site, together with oak and sycamore trees of ecological importance.
This appeal to An Bord Pleanala clears the way for development on site, with one of the conditions being that a cash deposit must be made before development begins, to secure the protection of the trees on site, and to rectify any damage caused during the construction period. The developer is also liable for charges until the local authority take over roads , foothpaths and maintenance.
The site has been classed as “a key biodiversity site and ecological corridor” in Tramore.