Jeez PDLL. Lighten up. I don't see you
coming up with the answers. Cheap points scoring? Hobby horse riding? Sure. Never miss a chance for those, do you?
There are many potential reasons for the lack of replies to this. PDLL's diagnoses would be one possibility, but what others?
Members simply don't know? That would be the main one, I'd have thought. It's quite a detailed question, somewhat beyond the capabilities of many members, I'd imagine. Not only that, but who'd like to give advice that could see you out of pocket?
In addition, as I said on another Irish Planning sub-forum thread recently, some people might be resentful of their professional opinion being sought for free, seeing this as a discussion forum rather than an advice forum. As I've said a number of times elsewhere, site appraisals are a planning consultant's bread and butter. (I know you're thinking of going this route, John. Well worth it.)
Or maybe members are just tired of threads turning into meta-analyses of the one-off debate? Can't just express an opinion on a single question without having someone jumping down your neck (this goes for both sides, PDLL, before you take offence).
To answer the question with any conviction would require familiarity with the local development plan, familiarity with the Meath Co Co planning dept., and familiarity with similar cases in Meath and elsewhere. Hands up who has this readily to hand? Not me.
That's why I communicated my (non-professional) opinions to John via private message, PDLL, which consisted of my feelings that it might be slightly easier to get PP if there is an existing non-habitable dwelling on site (I'm presuming its non-habitability here) and if the potential purchaser can demonstrate their intention to live and work in the area. (Extract below.)
I sawv your post earlier, but I must confess it's a bit beyond my experience. One thing I'd say is that the chances of getting a dwelling onto a site should be better if there is a pre-existing building there. It shows a history of occupancy on the site, which you don't get with virgin farmland.
Regarding the fact that you're a 'blow in', I really don't know. I'd say it would help if you could show or prove that you intent to live there full time, and the fact that your current home isn't too far away is a good thing- better to be coming from a local estate than from Dublin or Cork. And if you work not too far away, so much the better.
In essence, I think this case is probably beyond the scope of a discussion thread, John, and requires a consultant's opinion or a long chat with MCC. I'm not sure if anyone else agrees with me. Maybe they're all just being vindictive like PDLL says?:rolleyes: