Permission is refused for 130 house plan in Kill


Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara


Permission is refused for 130 house plan in Kill


A plan to construct 130 housing units at Earls Court in Kill has been refused by An Bord Pleanala.

McCourt Investments Ltd. applied for permission  to build the homes in the Kill Hill area.

The application was made to APB (rather than Kildare County Council) as a Strategic Housing Development initiative, which facilitates housing projects of more than 100 units to be made directly to An Bord.

The application also seeks permission for a one vehicular connection and upgrade works at Kill Hill Lane and two vehicular connections to The Avenue, Earls Court as well as a pedestrian link  No. 16 The Green.

The proposal was submitted to APB in December and was referred to Kildare County Council two months later.

Most of the houses in the plan were semi detached three bedroom  dwellings.

Among the reasons given for declining permission is the inadequate sewerage infrastructure pending completion of a sewerage scheme serving the area. Another reason cited by APB was that the proposed density would not be sufficiently high.

The APB board’s decision to refuse permission followed a recommendation by the inspector dealing with the case that permission be granted for 32 houses.

KCC previously granted permission for a mixed house development at that site in 2006 and this planning permission was subsequently extended by local authority. On that occasion permission was given for 121 houses of various types. The extended permission expired last September.