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Bungalow plans scuppered by flooding concerns

Thursday, 29 December 2016

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PLANS for a bungalow off Limavady's Seacoast Road have been refused after councillors heard that the site was too small and at risk of flooding.
Recommending that the application be rejected, Planning Officer Shane Mathers told Causeway Coast and Glens Council's Planning Committee that the site's size would "compromise trees."
One objection was raised by a neighbour citing concerns over a challenge to the ownership of the laneway leading to the proposed development and possible damage caused by construction works.
Earlier at the meeting on Wednesday December 21, members heard how the site was behind another property and set within a small group of buildings.
Mr Mathers said the trees integrated the development, adding: "Our concern is that many of them could be lost and open up views of the site to the detriment of the landscape." He stressed: "The site is too small to accommodate a house."
Alderman William King asked if the situation could be resolved by clearing the trees and planting new vegetation but Mr Mathers replied: "No."
Members heard how there had to be an exceptional case for development to be permitted on the flood plain.

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