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Website no-show on refusal reasons for Sligo house

By Eugene McGloin

THE STATUTORY planning appeals agency has refused permission for a new house near Sligo town.

The proposed dwelling had been granted permission, with conditions, by the local authority.

Sligo County Council was informed of Pleanala’s ruling by letter last week. See below.

That decision is binding unless it is challenged in the High Court by way of seeking leave for judicial review.

But Bord Pleanala failed to publish any details of the decision in its weekly website update last night, Wednesday.

Pleanala had told Sligo County Council, inter alia, last week that its Order and inspectors report would be published online Wednesday, yesterday.

Said Pleanala last week: “.....This Information is normally made available on the list of decided cases on the website on the Wednesday following the week in which the decision is made.”

That weekly website update is where many members of the public and even some elected councillors and TDs obtain details of Pleanala decisions.

Earlier this year, Sligo County Council had given permission, with conditions, to Nuala Healy.

Her planning application to the local authority listed her address as Stella Maris, Ballisodare.

She had planned a new “single story dwelling” at Grange East, Knocknahur.

Several submissions were received by Sligo County Council prior to its decision.

Two of those, Jim Johnston and Mary Brett, also lodged appeals with Bord Pleanala, said its website.

Round Trip

However, up to midnight last night Pleanala had omitted to publish the report of its own inspector. See below.

That usually gives a detailed written evaluation both of the proposal and any objectors.

Pleanala also omitted to publish online last night a copy of its (binding) Order.

Meanwhile, the series of documents can be inspected at Pleanala’s office — in Dublin city centre.

That would entail a round trip of three hundred miles to read details of a planning decision in Sligo.