Extension refused for South Kilkenny development

Kilkenny County Council has ruled against giving a developer further time to build 100 houses and a crèche at Ballyrobin in South Kilkenny – lands that are “currently stated in NAMA,” according to the council.

Kilkenny County Council has ruled against giving a developer further time to build 100 houses and a crèche at Ballyrobin in South Kilkenny – lands that are “currently stated in NAMA,” according to the council.

An application was made by Michael Walsh to extend a planning permission that was granted in 2007 but that expired in January of this year.

The site at Mount Sion Road, Ballyrobin near the Waterford Golf Club falls within the Ferrybank Belview Local Area Plan and is currently zoned ‘Phase 2’ for development. Only lands zoned in ‘Phase 1’ are deemed to be “suitable for possible development” between now and 2015, however.

“It is considered there is a substantial zoned housing supply in the Ferrybank LAP 2009 which is located closer to the urban centre core and should be developed first in an orderly sequential fashion,” the council found.

“Permitting a time extension for a housing development permission of 100 units at this site on the outskirts of the Ferrybank at Ballyrobin which is some distance from existing services is not considered in accordance with proper planning and sustainable development.”

The planning file states that “no house construction other than a site entrance and driveway has commenced on site. The lands are currently stated in NAMA.”

“The applicant has stated that the economic changes in Ireland and globally in the past three years have has significantly negative impact on the housing market,” according to the planning file. “These included changes in lending practices of financial institutions, falling housing prices, supply exceeding demand etc. As a result this development was put on hold prior to commencement.”