roisindubh wrote:I have been refused pp for a replacement dewlling on a site in Co Meath. The house i wish to replace is about 100 years old and was my old family home. It has been unoccupied for approx 20 years. The four walls and the roof are in tact, it still has an Electricty supply and in the planners report she does consider that the house could be considered habitable as per the development plan. However my architect in his report on the old dwelling suggests that the it had been used to house animals (hens). This enabled the planner to consider the use of this dwelling as having been abondoned and therefore would not allow it to be replaced. I own my own home and thereforedo not qualify under 'Local Needs' - all other aspects of the planning application were acceptable. I am looking for any suggestions as too how to proceed from here. I think i need an architect who is knowledgeable on the planning process in Meath. This is the second refusal on this site. any advise would be welcome
goneill wrote:henno wrote:if a dwelling hasn't been lived in in 7 years, theoretically the planner can consider the building to have 'foregone its use' as a dwelling and can determine as they have... QUOTE]
I have often heard this - but where is it written down?
StephenC wrote:Get a properly qualified Planning Consultant rather than an architect.
roisindubh wrote:As a completly inexperienced client going looking for planning permission in the first instance it seems rather unfair that people ("architects" )who do not know what they are doing can charge absorbent fees for inadequate advice. Should my "architect" not have advised me that i needed a Planning Consultant also as he is not wel enough informed to submit a planning application. He now has my money and I now need to employ someone who knows what they are doing!!
Davids wrote:If the only reason the planning authority gave for refusal was because it was mentioned in a supporting ducument that the building housed animals then all is not lost at all. for instance, was it submitted that the whole dwelling housed animals? Your architect could argue that only one/two rooms in the house were used to house the hens and thats what they were reporting (maybe that is the case anyway). Basically what im saying is that the reason for refusal is very very weak.
In the case I mentioned earlier, we had to get the house fixed up because if was clearly in a desperate need of repair if it was to be reclaimed. You may not even have to do that.
I just wonder if there was more behind the authoritys decision to refuse and that they just did not want a new house there and by giving a refusal no matter how weak they hoped you would give up on it. Is the house located on the edge of a dual carrigway or something??
From the information you have given I think you would be foolish to throw away the money you have invested already by walking away from it. Get a meeting with your architect, decide whats needed to resubmit the application and...... who pays.