Planning Permission Support
Buildings that can be erected without planning (subject to planning regs) are; non habitable garden houses – max 25 M square and extensions to buildings not previously extended – max 40 M square.
Visual impact, area of high amenity / outstanding beauty, one off housing and sporadic development contrary to the County Development Plan are some of the main reasons for refusal. If you already own a home it will be more difficult.
- Check the County Development Plan.
- Set up pre planning meeting with council. Preferably accompanied with an architect or planning consultant.
- Road Safety. Are site lines from entrance adequate? No continuous white lines at entrance. Can the road take an increase in volume of traffic?
- Height of building. Will it break horizon from road etc? Is it possible to dig in or down to lower house?
- Style of building. Is it in keeping with local tradition and design?
- Windows + Velux. Not good to have too many, too large or too visible from the road.
- Sewerage Treatment. Site test holes for drainage and percolation. Effluent disposal system. Make sure that all this complies with E.P.A. standards. Determine whether there is enough room on your site to facilitate the above.
- Correct documentation. Application form and fee. 6 copies of plans etc. Notice in newspaper. Site notice.
- Letter developing you and your family’s connection to the area e.g. are you a native, is your work in or connected to the area etc? Check out Policy SS 9 in the planning office.
Check out Kilkenny County Council for excellent guidelines for planning applications.
News An Bord Pleanala recently overturned a refusal by Carlow Planning Authority. Their report stated ” I consider that the Planning Authority’s decision in this case represents an undue bias against log house construction and versatility and innovation in the evolution of ‘new’ construction materials in the Irish context.
Please Note. The above are guidlines and suggestions. Each application is individually assessed by the planning authority. So please consult with the appropiate authority before purchase of land or construction.