The decision against the construction of a 7,452 metre sq school wing at St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny was made in recent days.
It followed planning objections by members of the nearby Hawthorn Heights Residents Association.
The group objected to the plan on a number of grounds including safety after permission had been granted by Letterkenny Town Council last year.
The college’s plan was to demolish an annex to the rear of the college as well as an old gymnasium to make way for a state-of-the-art school building.
As well as the construction of a new school buildings, new entry and exits to the college were planned.
An inspector from An Bord Pleanala visited the college on February 27th to carry out an assessment of the proposed work.
And in recent days An Bord Pleanala decided to uphold the inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission for the new school.
Permission for the school was refused on two main grounds.
The first is that because St Eunan’s has protected status, the new building would be would threaten the special character of the building.
It was also decided that the proposed development would result in overdevelopment of the site with impacts on the residential and visual amenities of the area.