Plans for commercial scuba diving facility in Faughart are rejected


Plans to retain and complete a partially-built roof top lawn and staircase that was being used for commercial scuba diving have been rejected by Louth County Council.

The local authority recently refused the application from Abbey Commercial Diving Ltd for the facility at Upper Faughart.

Abbey Commercial Diving Ltd was set up by Martin and Desmond McKeown in May 2014 and conducts dives off the North East coast.

They had sought permission for the use of the structure for home based economic use but the matter was rejected by the local authority despite the fact that three neighbours had written to the council in support of the development.

The refused the planning application on three counts – that there was not “justifiable reason” for this development to be defined as an alternative rual based enterprise and that there was no evidence to suggest the location will have no negative impact on the existing and surrounding dwellings. They also said the infrastructure section were not satisfied that adequate sight lines have been provided for a non-domestic development, therefore it could be a traffic hazard.







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