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Sligo car dismantler wins partial reprieve

A CAR dismantler in north Sligo can hold onto his site, developed without permission.

Dwayne McNulty failed last October to convince Sligo County Council that work he had undertaken without planning permission should be allowed stand.

He took his case to Bord Pleanala, the statutory appeals body, and they have now given a reprieve, albeit a split decision and with conditions.

Pleanala Inspector Donal Donnelly visited the site at Doonowney, near Grange on January 12th last.

Unauthorized Development

His report noted that there was “a history of unauthorized development” at the site.

Pleanala Board members concurred with his suggestion that this was an opportunity to “regularize” that situation.

The Doonowney area is best known these days for a holiday home owned by the Minister for Justice, Charles Flanagan.

The Inspector’s 18 page report noted that the latest developments would double the capacity of a site which has existing local planning approval.

It was also noted a view that the waste permit for the facility sought a trebling of its capacity.

The site is visible from “the scenic N15 road” with “end of life” cars stacked three high.

Earthen embankments are also visible from the road and the site developed without planning permission was considered as “Incongruous.....in a rural landscape.”

Barely Visible

But if his site amendment was allowed, said Dwayne McNulty, it would offer “significant advantage.”

For example, cars could be stacked two high rather than three high.

McNulty also said that his site was “barely visible” from the N15 road.

However, Sligo County Council vehemently opposed that view.

There was significant visual impact, both summer and winter, said Sligo County Council, from the higher sections of the N15.

For that reason the Council opposed an extension of the car park at rear of the site.

Triple Unacceptable

New European targets were set in January 2015 for the reuse, recycling and recovery of ‘end of life’ vehicles, noted the Pleanala Inspector.

Ireland, he said, was “currently at risk of not meeting these targets,” added his report.

Comprehensive Landscaping

The inspector felt any proposal to triple of the Doonowney site capacity would be “unacceptable.”

He noted the County Development Plan sought to encourage “.....the expansion of existing rural-based or well-established small scale industry...in rural County Sligo.....”

Pleanala decided on a split decision to allow the requested site amendments but refused to allow retention of a a gravel yard at the north west of the site.

Within three months, at latest — and to address visual impacts on local dwellings — a “comprehensive” landscaping plan for the site must be presented to Sligo County Council.

Link: http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/300030.htm