Monday, February 10, 2020

KILDARE Co Council has given notice of a proposal for deletion from the Record of Protected Structures (RPS), included in the County Development Plan 2017-2023, of a house on French Furze Road, Kildare (B22-25). It stated that the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has recommended that the property should no longer be considered for inclusion on the list.

A statement issued to the  Kildare Nationalist by the Department explained that the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) recorded a representative sample of Kildare’s architectural heritage in 2002. The house at French Furze Road – was recorded on 11 June 2002 and given a regional rating (considered to be of regional significance).

“Buildings that have a regional, national or international rating are recommended by the Minister to local authorities for inclusion on the Record of Protected Structures. Buildings that are rated local or record only are not recommended by the Minister for inclusion on the Record of Protected Structures. The house was included in the Ministerial Recommendations issued on the 7 of July 2003 by the Department to Kildare Co Council for inclusion on the Record of Protected Structures,” the department noted.

“On receipt of further information, it came to light that the house was incorrectly categorised and should not have been given a regional rating nor should it have been included in the Ministerial Recommendations that issued to Kildare Co Council. The record was reviewed on 28 January 2019 and the rating was amended from a regional rating to oecord Only. Kildare Co Council were notified of this in January 2019.”

The NIAH appraisal of the house describes it as “representing an integral component of the mid twentieth-century domestic built heritage of Kildare”. The entry also notes that the detached single storey house was built in 1956.

The particulars of the proposed deletion will be available for inspection until Wednesday 11 March inclusive at the Planning Office, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas during opening hours and at https://consult.kildarecoco.ie/.

Submissions or observations can be made in writing (at the above address or link) to Veronica Cooke, administrative officer with the Planning Department. The closing date is 5pm on 11 March.

The council has advised that the full name and address of the person making the submission should be included. Your name will be included in the chief executive’s report on submissions received.

A copy of any submission or observation received will be forwarded to the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for their observations, and they will be taken into consideration by the council before deciding whether or not the proposed deletion should be made.

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