Planning approval for Bunree Partnership development despite local opposition

A decision by Ballina Town Council to grant planning permission to Bunree Partnership, Ballina, for the demolition of buildings, conversion of mill race to a new water feature, construction of 80 residential units and associated site works has been upheld by An Bord Pleanála.

An appeal against Ballina Town Council’s decision made on February 27 2008 was lodged with An Bord Pleanála by Michael Durcan, Downhill Road, Ballina, on behalf of Downhill Road/Sligo Road residents and by Bunree Partnership care of Joseph Burke and Partners of Market Lane, Tone Street, Ballina.

The residents were concerned about the scale and density of the development, insufficient car parking, and environmental concerns. The applicants appealed some of the conditions imposed by Ballina Town Council.

The proposed development has been given the go-ahead by the planning board with 28 conditions attached. The board found that having regard to the zoning objective of the site as set out in the development plan, and subject to compliance with the 28 conditions, the proposed development would not seriously injure the amenities of the area, would not impact unduly on the environmental amenity of the river and its associated habitat, and would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience.

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