This is my first time posting here but maybe someone could let me know what they think. I have a large corner site in Castleknock and I have had my architect draw up plans for a detached 5 bedroom house on it. My own principal residence is a 4 bed semi-detached with a garage attached to the side. What I plan on doing is taking down the existing side garage to allow the detached house to be built.
However, when my architect submitted plans to Fingal Council to go over before we officially submit, they told us that they would not approve same. My architect was surprised as the detached house is exactly the same as our principal residence next door. The planners indicated something about building lines at the back and the fact that "we would be setting a precedent" here.
I'm tempted to formally put the plans in anyway but can someone tell me what I should do here? Do I go ahead and submit, wait for the rejection and then appeal to An Bord Pleneala? Should I scale back and just submit plans for a 4 bed detached exactly the same size as our principal residence and if I get planning for that, maybe submit plans to upgrade that to a 5 bed detached? Would it be worth getting someone other than my architect, a planner for the area perhaps, to go through our plans and see what we need to submit?
Sorry for all the questions....I just assumed there wouldn't be any problems with Fingal Council as I thought they would be into high denisity and all. I thought because we have the space, we could perhaps build a house for our children who were born in the area and would certainly have a problem affording a house on their own.
Thanks for any feedback!!! Cheers