Part of an old road at the centre of a planning controversy in Cloghore “was demolished decades ago”, the developer concerned told the Democrat.
Donegal County Council granted retention permission last April to Sean McCrory for works carried out at The Battery, Cloghore. Local residents appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala, claiming the development would close off a public road.
Last week, An Bord Pleanala ruled against the development, but the inspector’s summary only cited its proximity to the river. Our coverage of the decision mentioned the road and comments made by councillors at an electoral area meeting but did not feature comment from Mr McCrory,
This week, he pointed out that the ABP file contains submissions from a council planning official stating “there is insufficient evidence to suggest that there is in fact a public right of way thorugh the subject site”. A solicitor for the council had also advised that there was “no public road” through the development.
Mr McCrory told the Democrat this week: “Part of the road, which led to the old bridge in Belleek, was demolished when the new bridge was built sixty years ago.
“If people really want to follow the route of the old road all the way, they would have to get into a boat to cross the river.”
He told the Democrat a fortnight ago that he would be “very open” to what remains of the Old Pettigo Road to be developed as a walking or cycling route but only if the trees and shrubs are removed from the Cloghore end of the road.