Christy O'Connor challenges refusal to extend permission


Golfer Christy O’Connor jnr has brought a High Court challenge to a refusal to extend a planning permission for three houses on family land in Co Galway.

Galway City Council refused last October to extend the normal five-year duration of a permission granted by An Bord Pleanála in 2008 for the one-acre site at Knocknacarra, Salthill, the court heard.

An extension would allow him to build after the permission runs out next January.

The council argues that the permission may only be extended if Mr O’Connor first gets an environmental assessment on the project.

Mr O’Connor yesterday secured leave at the High Court to challenge the council’s decision. He claims the council failed to provide any, or any adequate, reasons, justifying its refusal to extend the permission.