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Plans approved for housing development on Erne Palais site

Nov 10, 2021 13:11 By News Northern Sound
Plans approved for housing development on Erne Palais site Plans approved for housing development on Erne Palais site
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The building had laid derelict for a number of years.

An Bord Pleanala has approved plans to partially demolish the Erne Palais ballroom.

The iconic front façade of the Belturbet building will be retained, and seven homes built on the site.

The building had laid derelict for a number of years, with a "Save the Palais" campaign launched in 2018 when plans were announced to put social housing on the site.

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Nothing came of those plans, with the former cinema then extensively damaged in a suspected arson attack that September.

Cavan County Council approved the plan in June of this year, for the development of two apartments, three two-storey houses and two bungalows.

The main façade of the building, which is a protected structure, would be retained under the plans.

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The granting of permission was appealed to the planning authority by local resident, Brian McDermott, with parking issues, a lack of housing need and the cultural importance of the building among the concerned raised.

An Bord Pleanala ruled that the development is within Belturbet's character and that retaining the front wall is in accordance with the sustainability of the area.

17 conditions were attached to the permissions, including ones that prevent illegal parking and protect the front façade of the building.

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