Portnablagh Caravan Park will remain after appeal fails on a technicality

A Caravan Park in Portnablagh will be allowed to stay and be expanded after an appeal to An Bord Pleanala failed on a technicality.
Donegal County Council awarded the Derry based owners of Rockhill Caravan Park permission to retain the caravan site and to add additional homes, that decision was unsuccessfully appealed to the planning board.
The permission awarded by Donegal County Council was subject to six conditions – these included the planting of a hedgerow along the site and to take measures to prevent flooding.
However that decision was appealed to An Bord Pleannala by locals Aidan Fox and Mary Hanna.
They claim that in 1997 there was significant re-development work carried out on the site without the consent of the planning authority or consultation with  locals.
They argued that the development had damaged the value of a number of family properties close to the caravan park.
Aidan Fox and Mary Hanna’s appeal of the council decision has today been rejected by An Bord Pleanala on a technicality.
The appeal was rejected because the objectors did not provide a receipt showing they had already appealed to the local authority.
The Council’s decision will stand as the deadline to appeal has now passed.