A number of questions have been raised about planning at a restricted Celbridge location following a planning appeal decision by Bord Pleanala.
While the Bord’s inspector recommended refusal of permission for the retention of a vehicle compound at Tony King’s garage at Laurel Grove because it was a “traffic and pedestrian hazard,” the Bord gave the go ahead with conditions for the retention of a site for vehicles, a fence and a container. The Council’s area engineer/environment section had no objections, and said the Inspector’s report, there have been substantial enforements issues. The Council accepted the applicant recently bought the site, always used for car parking, after questions were raised about ownership.
The lane joins the Dublin road and Primrose Hill. The Council granted permission, including a development levy for €10,097.
Nearby resident,Jill Barrett appealed. In her submission, she said the site was highlighted on local authority maps as a public car park and used as public parking for decades.
After hearing all parties, the Inspector (see Bord Pleanala file PL09.242854) there was “little or no regard given by the applicant to road users of the lane, which is a public road.” It is hazardous “due to its deficient width.” The inspector asked if the proposed compound was to provide safe parking associated with the workshop, “how come there are so many vehicles parking on and along the lane.”
The Inspector said Ms. Barrett’s argue tha the site is public property and a public car park and not owned by the applicant is “very unclear.”
While the Council accepted Mr. King owned the site, the inspector said the ownership issue “requires further clarity.”