Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Good news

Yes folks, I can finally announce that our planning permission - for retention and completion of our build has been granted.

We haven't seen the 'conditions' yet, but for now I'm just relived that we can officially return to the build.

I'll admit that its been very hard with all the unforeseen complications, it dragging on, the feeling of limbo and costs while we waited ... and the massive unfairness of it all - as the map mistake was made before we owned the land and should have been sorted very quickly - without us being subject to regulations that came into force after our permission was originally granted.

That being said (i.e. rant over), its time to move on - and let go of of this issue that has driven us mad for 16 months (see, I'm still counting). I thought about it this morning, before I had officially heard the news. Despite all my self work to be happy anyway etc I really had been holding onto this - all the blame and all the pain of having our plans unhinged and messed around.
Now, I really an 'justified' in that - BUT - I can't justify it enough to keep it up. It doesn't help me move on or feel better - so ... I'm letting it go now - water under the bridge.

I am pleased that we can now move forward. In truth I am also a bit scared, as its been a poor year financially last year and our budget for the house is somewhat reduced.

So, its one step at a time. Get back and re-assess, plan what we CAN do, attempt to get down as much as possible, esp once the warmer weather kicks in (ie March) (it gives a month for the 'white' planning paper to come through), do what we can do with the materials we have to hand and finish jobs that had been started and abandoned when the 'stop' was enforced.

Of course I do have seeds to plant and a garden that I have really missed, so I'm delighted that I can tend to it while we're down ... and provide some food from it by summertime if I'm lucky. It will also be great to catch up with friends and neighbors.

Lovely leitrim - we'll be back soon.


  1. So happy for you!! :) May this be a sign of good things to come!

    If that had happened to me, I would have a very hard time letting go of it too. I tend to let "bad" things that happen to me really get me down--especially something that I feel is unfair! It's so hard to let go, but I'm so glad that you are.

    Best wishes, and I sincerely look forward to seeing the progress of your new home. It's so beautiful there!!

  2. Excellent news Ferris! I know it's been a long road but now it's the time to look forward only and let go of all the sour events of the past.

    I'm so, so, so happy for you and wish you nothing but great things ahead. I can't wait to read and see more of your beautiful house.

    Big hug,

  3. How exciting for you, I can't wait to hear more about your new home and gardening adventures.:)

  4. Hi Ferris, This is good news. I'm glad the powers that be are attempting to write the wrongs that were foisted upon you. I look forward to seeing how things progress.

  5. Thanks everybody for your good wishes and anticipation.

    Mrs J. The issue of fairness is indeed a tender one. Thanks for your good wishes. I intend to take more pictures when we're down now, to give a fuller picture (and reminder for us later)

    Thanks Claud, I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in. Seeing your DIY and decorating progress really had me yearning to get back in action.

    Mr H. I can hardly wait to be sharing our new adventures, especially the progress in the garden.

    Grace. It is good news indeed and I look forward to sharing our new adventures.

    It will be good to go back down for a visit - we haven't set foot on site for months now. It will be great to go back and be able to 'do' things :-)

  6. That's fantastic news, congratulations! I hope there are not any extra conditions and that you are soon up and going on the project again. Sounds like this is going to be a very exciting year!

  7. Onward! Don't look back for awhile!!
    I'm happy for you.

  8. Hi Plantalicious - it is exciting. Just found out that the conditions are manageable - big relief. Now I can get excited!

    Hi Mary - thanks - onwards .. and upwards :-)


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