An Bord Pleanala has confirmed a decision of Kildare County Council to refuse planning permission for the retention and completion of a detached dwelling to the side of a house in Celbridge.
The Bord’s inspector recommended that permission be granted to Pat and Aida Grant at 386 Ballyoulster but the main appeals board refused the permission.
The permission was refused for what the authorities described as “a log cabin” beside but not linked to the main house at 386 Ballyoulster off the town’s Lucan road. But it did grant permission for an extension to the existing house.
Those supporting the Grants argued they built what they could afford to do to raise their family and that it was much more appealing to the eye to see the applicants living in their home rather than a dilapidated mobile home. “It is unjust to see a family with young children under duress as they face homelessness,” the supporters were quoted in the Inspector’s report.
The report also said that a new extension which has not been completed due to the unauthorised development notice.
The Board disagreed with its Inspector, stating among other things that the permission would set an undesirable precedent.
A Council planners report had described the log cabin proposal as “substandard.” It had been unauthorised and subject to Court proceedings.
The Grants denied that it was a log cabin, describing it as a timber structure which was common in Sweden.
Supporters of the Grants told the appeals board that their financial situation meant they could only afford to build in timber rather than live in a dilapidated mobile home.”