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Planning Permission - Part 5, The Result

Posted by joeirish , 26 January 2015 · 1,029 views

July to August 2013

And when Miles got back from his holidays we were still getting the various pieces of paper together.

We had to sign off on the exact position of the house and garage. Then had to agree the landscape plan. That included things like the planting of native trees along a boundary and other shrubbery to be planted throughout the garden.

And the percolation reports. The engineer had also now gone on holidays and we needed six signed copies! Luckily he also came back shortly after and the various forms were collated by Miles. Then another email saying he hoped to submit the whole lot a couple of days hence. But a letter from the vendor was still outstanding. And Liam P was away at a wedding for a couple of days. Would this application ever get submitted?

The topographical survey then turned up in an email and was forwarded to Miles who incorporated the levels into his drawings.
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Liam P came back, we got the letter, faxed it to Miles. Then Miles told us he was going to hand draw the elevations because in his experience this went down better with the planning office. He would email them to us to ensure we were still OK.

And here they are.

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Road elevation

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Southwest elevation

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Southeast elevation

The planning documents also included a site layout showing where everything was going including the proposed kitchen garden!
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And there were documents about the design strategy which showed other local houses to support the view from road, a piece on ecological house design and how the proposed new house would fit in with the surrounding countryside and other houses nearby. There was a level of detail that we just had not considered but it did explain the reputation our architect had with the local council.

We had discussed our planning application months previously with our local councillor just to get a feel of the likelihood of success. He has seen the location map and had actually visited the site to check on site lines.
"Who's the architect?" he asked.
"Miles Sampson"
"Ah well, you'll probably have no problems there. Miles knows what is acceptable to the council and the council knows that Miles usually produces an application and drawings that are going to get planning permission. Not that this is a guarantee but you probably couldn't have picked an architect more likely to get planning. And the amount of detailed information he provides helps us to make a speedy decision."

And now we were seeing the proof in the amount of material that had been prepared for the planners. And in the last week of July the application was submitted.

A small ad was placed in the local paper and we pinned the official notice on a pole on the site boundary.
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The we waited.

According to recent Irish legislation councils had to reply to a planning application withing twelve weeks. But the reply could be one of a number of responses. Planning successful (with or without conditions), planning refused or no decision pending more information. So even after 12 weeks we might still not know what the outcome would be. And then formal notice that the decision date would be on or before Sept. 22 and the planning reference number. So we went on holidays. Nothing more we could do at this stage.

The Clare County Council planning department have a website which shows the status of planning applications. This became one of the most visited pages on our computers. Sometimes I looked several times a day. Just in case. Maybe they dealt with our application more quickly than the time limit of 12 weeks. But although we were definitely listed the "Decision" column remained pointedly empty.

And then a week and a half before the deadline, a thick letter arrived. The planning result.

We got our planning. Yippee. 11 conditions but nothing onerous. We hadn't intended to have spotlights lighting up the exterior, or "Neo-Georgian style plastic glazing bars on the windows". As if. Natural slates or similar on the roof were in the design spec anyway. Something about plantings to be native broadleaf arranged in clusters, exactly as we had thought we might and as Miles had shown on the landscape design. And a fee for contribution towards infrastructure development to be paid before any work could start, even though we were actually installing our own water and waste systems. Still. We had our planning and could move ahead. As long as we had water on site, another condition.. And that meant getting somebody in the drill a borehole to be sure. But that's the next bit.

27 Jan 2015 09:41 PM
A week and a half before you expected the response eh? Come over here and wait for twice as long, or more before you get a result........ 16 weeks for us.... target 8 weeks.

May your bore hole be sweet and lang may yer lum reek! Ah, ... erm, no, yer going passiv aren't you?
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Not quite, I'll re-phrase. The response was a week and a half earlier than we expected. We had been given the date showing 12 weeks, in fact the result arrived in 10 and a half weeks.

We are going almost passive and the borehole, well that'll be in the next bit.

PS Just checked on the translation :) :) :)
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