Planning permission denied for food court and play area at base of Sugar Loaf

Wicklow County Council have denied planning for a food court and children’s play area at the base of the popular Sugar Loaf.

The works would have included space for three outdoor food trailers, picnic benches, picnic pods, a children’s play area, and toilets.

The plan, which was submitted by Michael Fortune last November, sought to make use of a largely unused plot of land in Calary Upper, Kilmacanogue.

It is reported that permission was denied in order to preserve the natural character and scenic value of the area, and that such work might disturb the local wildlife.

Wicklow County Council stated that the proposed development is not compatible with the rural area, and that the Sugar Load’s status as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ protects it from certain developments deemed too intrusive upon said natural beauty.

Due to the design and layout of the proposal, Wicklow County Council deemed it to be intrusive upon the landscape.

Wicklow County Council also pointed to a lack of detail with regards to the disposal and treatment of on-site wastewater and disposal of surface water, claiming that this lack of planning may be detrimental to public health.

Permission had been granted to build tea rooms on the site in 2007, but work never commenced and the relevant permission lapsed in 2017.

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