Thumbs down to proposed Ballina housing development

‘Plans to have four separate pumping stations and connection to private sewer…would establish undesirable precedent for similar development in area.’

Sligo News File Online

Mayo County Council has refused to grant permission for a housing development in Ballina.

Downhill RoadKnocknalyre Limited, Joseph Bourke and Partners, sought approval for the construction of four five-roomed dwellings and garages on a site close to the Twin Trees Hotel at Downhill Road.

However, the plans were strongly opposed by the Brosna Valley Preservation Society, who cited several grounds on which they considered the development as proposed would conflict with the proper planning of the area.

Rejecting the application, the county council stated that plans to have four separate pumping stations on site, and a connection to a private sewer would result in a proliferation of pumping stations in an area that is not serviced and would establish an undesirable precedent for similar development in the area.

“Notwithstanding the current residential zoning on site, it is considered,” stated the council, that “the proposed development would be premature, prejudicial to public health and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development” of the part of the town involved.

They also noted that insufficient evidence had been submitted with the planning application to determine whether:

  • the development it at risk of flooding and that the development would not increase the flood risk on the relevant catchments
  • the development will have significant impacts on the   adjacent   Natura 2000 site
  • that surface water generated by the development can be disposed of adequately.