Third attempt to build housing scheme in Faugheen

A new planning application seeking permission to build a new housing estate beside Faugheen village has been submitted to South Tipperary Co. Council despite An Bord Pleanala rejecting two previous proposals for residential developments on the same site.

A new planning application seeking permission to build a new housing estate beside Faugheen village has been submitted to South Tipperary Co. Council despite An Bord Pleanala rejecting two previous proposals for residential developments on the same site.

Waterford based JMPHE Partnership lodged an application to the Council on January 17 requesting approval to build four semi-detached two-storey homes and permission for development works for the provision of nine fully serviced residential sites at Poulmaleen, Faugheen.

The application is a significantly scaled back proposal to the two previous applications submitted for the eight acres site that were both approved by South Tipperary Co. Council but later overturned on appeal by An Bord Pleanala.

However, it’s still expected that the planning application will attract objections from local residents concerned that despite the reduction in houses proposed, the scale of project will still be too large and inappropriate for the small village.

South Tipperary Co. Council says members of the public have until to lodge observations or objections to the application.

The Council’s decision on whether to approve, reject or seek further information on the application is due on March 12.

This is the third attempt since 2006 to secure the green light from the planning authorities to construct an estate of houses on this site.

South Tipperary Co. Council granted planning permission at the peak of the building boom in December, 2006 to JMPHE Ltd., c/o James Reynolds of 22 Ballybricken, Waterford to construct 25 houses on the site.

But this decision was appealed by several local residents and An Bord Pleanala overturned the grant of permission six months later as it considered the character, suburban design and number of houses in the project was inappropriate for the area and it was not satisfied that it wouldn’t interfere with an historic Mass Rock next to the site due to the absence of an archaeological assessment.

At the end of 2008, a second planning application was submitted to the Co. Council by JMPHE Partnership with the same address as the previous applicant requesting approval for an even bigger housing development of 34 homes, comprising a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced residences.

Despite the An Bord Pleanala ruling on the previous application, the Co. Council granted planning permission again and the decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanala by several local residents.

An Bord Pleanala decided once again to overturn the Council’s decision on the grounds that the scale and character of the estate was not in keeping with the area and quantity of houses propposed was in excess of the total growth in housing planned for Faugheen village.