Updated: 25/07/17 : 05:12:17
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Retention request refused for flats in Sligo

A PROPERTY owner has this week been refused planning permission to retain unapproved apartments in the town.

Sligo County Council made the decision on Friday last, July 21st, online details confirm.

The apartments are sited in a house at No 10 St Bridget's Place in Sligo town.

Noel Keegan is listed as owner in Sligo County Council's planning files.

He created two apartments at the address and added an extension behind them.

In February last year Mr Keegan made a ''retention'' application to the County Council planners.

But he then withdrew that request -- related to the same property -- before any decision was made.

Back in 2009, Mr Keegan was more successful with a proposal for the same site.

Then, he received planning permission to renovate an existing house.

Mr Keegan also confirmed his wish in 2009 to construct a two-storey extension plus ancillary site works on this site.

Face Demolition

He has options this week to now take his case to Bord Pleanala, the statutory planning appeals agency.

Depending on that outcome, Mr Keegan could also apply to the High Court to seek leave for judicial review of the decision(s).

If all avenues fail, the unapproved new rear extension could yet face demolition as unapproved development.

The owner also has an option to effectively reinstate the dwelling to its original state and avoid various planning penalty pitfalls.

New Notices

An examination of Sligo County Council planning files online confirms Mr Keegan also has other housing interests in Sligo town.

One of these dwellings was the subject earlier this year of a planning application, also withdrawn by the applicant before a decision could be made.

Sligo County Council online files detailed some local objections to that proposal.

New notices recently posted at that site suggests a new planning application could be imminent.

But no such proposal is included in the list of ''received'' planning applications published online up to last night, Monday.

Meanwhile, a major office development in High Street included an unapproved ground floor office, it was confirmed in recent days. 

Last Thursday, Innisfree Properties Ltd asked Sligo County Council for ''retention'' permission for this item at 44 High Street.

   The refurbished site on High St prior to occupation by new business tenants. Google Street View

Founded in 2013, Kate Healy and Audrey Doyle are listed in the Companies Registration Office (CRO) as Innisfree's directors.

Innisfree last year completed a major refurbishment of both 44 and 45 High Street.

Eight modern office space were created on the site of the old Bonne Chere hotel, restaurant
and B & B. 

Link: http://www.eplanning.ie/SligoCC/AppFileRefDetails/17213/0