dismantler in north Sligo can hold onto his site, developed without permission.
McNulty failed last October to convince Sligo County Council that work
he had undertaken without planning permission should be allowed stand.
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.
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.
Inspector’s 18 page report noted that the latest developments would
double the capacity of a site which has existing local planning
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.
embankments are also visible from the road and the site developed
without planning permission was considered as “Incongruous.....in a
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.
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.
The inspector felt any proposal to triple of the Doonowney site capacity would be “unacceptable.”
noted the County Development Plan sought to encourage “.....the
expansion of existing rural-based or well-established small scale
industry...in rural County Sligo.....”
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
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