A local conservation action group, Rostrevor Action Respecting the Environment (RARE). is taking legal action against the local council in Northern Ireland (NI) after it went against planning official recommendations for a second time to approve a controversial development in Co Down in an area of great natural beauty and beside an ancient oak woodland.
The Irish News writes:
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council planning committee granted permission in November for a 70 bed nursing home, together with 41 two and three bedroom apartments on the site of the car dealership at the Shore Road in Rostrevor, in spite of the development being recommended for refusal by a planning official. Planning permission for the project, being brought forward by JC Campbell, was initially granted by the same committee in April last year, again in contrast to the initial refusal recommendation, but in an unusual move the approval was rescinded just five months later in September by the full council ‘following receipt of legal advice’.
Now the group Rostrevor Action Respecting the Environment (RARE) has applied for a judicial review to challenge the council’s decision and claim that their concerns over the proposed development, which adjoins ancient oak woodland, are shared by ‘multiple professional planning officers’ from Newry, Mourne and Down Council…
The Council has confirmed it is in receipt of pre-action correspondence in the matter of an application for judicial review relating to the Rostrevor planning application. ‘The Council is liaising with its legal advisers in relation to this matter,’ a spokesperson said.