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September 21, 2015
When considering design for a dwelling , you should take particular care that it will be compatible or sympathetic to the adjoining landscape and other houses in the locality. This applies especially to roof type, windows, brick type, porches etc. Try always to consider traditional design. Advice from an RIAI registered architect will be invaluable in this regard. The Councils own “design guide” with which your architect will be familiar, will be of assistance to you in choosing an acceptable design.
Extensions Extensions, mainly to the rear of private houses, are a cause for serious concern to the Council where these are proposed over existing public services. Generally, the council will require that the services be re-routed around the extension. In some cases this is not possible and permission is granted with conditions that foundations are arched over the particular service. In the case of sewers, a manhole is provided on each side of the extension.
The council reserves the right to maintain the sewer under a wayleave agreement, even to the extent of digging up the floor of the extension should this become necessary. Applicants may not be aware of this and regard to this should be had when planning an extension. Any re-routing would be at an applicants expense.
Issues to be considered in making an applicationZoning and land use
Plot ratios and density
Flood plains and site conditions
Adjoining owners and boundaries
Overlooking and visual impact
Surface water run-off
ESB and telecom poles
Demolition of habitable house
Development which encroaches on land not owned by occupant