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01 Oct 2022

Appeal launched against mixed use development in centre of Dundalk

Local residents appeal decision to permit mixed use development at Francis Street

Appeal launched against mixed use development in centre of Dundalk

Local residents appeal decision to permit mixed use development at Francis Street

An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against the decision by Louth County Council to permit a development at Francis Street in Dundalk, that would have seen the construction of a new five storey mixed use building, comprising two retail/office units at ground floor level and 18 apartments over four storeys above.

Louth County Council had granted conditional planning permission to Paula Tiernan for the development, that would see the demolition of an existing single storey office building at Francis Street and the development of the new mixed use building. The planned apartments comprise 12 one bed apartments and six two beds. Four of the one bed apartments and one of the two bed apartments are planned for floor levels one-three, while floor level four consists of three, two bed apartments.

The planning application for the new development was made on 10 September 2021, but further information was sought by the local authority on 21 October. The further information that was requested was received by Louth County Council on 28 July 2022, with planning permission for the development granted on 19 August, subject to 20 conditions. An objection had been submitted against the planned development by the Douglas Court Residents Association. 

The Douglas Court Residents Association has since lodged an appeal against the decision with An Bord Pleanála. Among the reasons for the appeal include the impact the development would have on Right of Way and fire escape route; the impact on residential amenities; the impact on an Architectural Conservation Area; and also the potential impact on protected structures.

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