Kildare Co Council has been asked to provide details of the measures it has in place to ensure protected structures are protected when there is a planning permission granted ‘relating to same’.
That was the topic of a motion by Cllr Íde Cussen, who was informed that planning permissions that relate to works on protected structures are assessed by the case planner with regard to relevant policies as set out in the County Development Plan and Local Areas Plans, together with guidance provided in the Architectural Heritage Protection Guidelines.
The Architectural Conservation Officer also prepares a report which informs this overall assessment. Conditions are then imposed on every grant of permission which are tailored specifically for each proposal.
Cllr Cussen said it was not the response she wanted, saying it was really the follow-up piece she was looking for and subsequently asking who ensures further disrepair and damage doesn’t happen.
She also spoke of the need to know what happens if there is further deterioration or a protected structure falls down.
Director of Service Eoghan Ryan, Planning and Strategic Development, said if members are concerned about buildings, notify them.
Mr Ryan later said that a new conservation architect is starting, that they need to be doing as much as they can to protect the heritage of the county, and that they will take it up with the new conservation architect when they arrive.