An Bord Pleanala refuses retention for development in south Kerry

An Bord Pleanala has refused retention permission for an extension and replacing septic tanks for O’Carroll’s Beach Bar in Caherdaniel. An Bord Pleanala Kerry County Council had granted retention to Catherine O’Carroll on December 17th last but in January this was appealed by four parties including An Taisce Kerry. The local authority granted, subject to conditions, permission for the retention of a ground and first extension, seating area, new walls, planters, works to the cliff face to extend the car park and other work. Permission was also sought to replace the existing septic tanks with a secondary treatment unit. However, An Bord Pleanala refused permission following an appeal for a number of reasons. The planning appeals board felt the secondary treatment units proposed would not be adequate to provide for the safe treatment and disposal of effluent and would be prejudicial to public health and water quality. The board felt the retention of low block walls and concrete car park islands would endanger public safety as they are a traffic hazard and other developments like parking areas, outdoor seating areas, walls and piers would obstruct the free movement of other road users. Finally, the board said the development proposed for retention would result in a cluttered and unattractive environment, which would seriously injure the visual amenties of the area.