What is a Protected Structure?
A protected structure is a structure that is considered to be of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical point of view and which has been included on the Record of Protected Structures. It can form part of a structure or be a group of structures.
The purpose of including structures or parts of structures on the RPS is to ensure that any works which, in the opinion of the Council, have a material effect on the character of the structure require planning permission. This ensures that potential changes or alterations to the character of the structure would be carried out in such a way that the existing character is retained.
Record of Protected Structures
In County Cavan there are approximately 470 structures listed on the Record of Protected Structures (RPS). The RPS is a list of structures held by Cavan County Council, which contains structures/ buildings considered to be of special interest in the County. The RPS forms part of the Cavan County Development Plan 2014-2020. The development plans are available to view at the local libraries and the Planning Office at Farnham Centre, Cavan, or can be downloaded below.
Once a structure is listed on the RPS as a Protected Structure, the designation includes the structure itself, its interior, the surrounding land or ‘curtilage’ of the structure, or any other structure (including boundaries) within the curtilage, their interiors and all fixtures and features of the structures. It can also include certain features in the attendant grounds. All features which contribute to the character and special interest of a protected structure are considered protected.
Download the Cavan County Development Plan, 2014 - 2020 (Word doc, 2621kb)
Download the County Cavan Record of Protected Structures (Word doc, 57kb)
What is the curtilage?
Curtilage is not defined by legislation, but as set out in the Architectural Heritage Protection Guidelines it can be taken to be the parcel of land immediately associated with that structure and which is (or was) in use for the purposes of the structure.
The extent of the curtilage will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Carrying out works to a Protected Structure
Certain works that are normally considered exempted development may require planning permission when carried out to a protected structure. When carrying out works to a protected structure, the planning authority must be contacted to determine if they require planning permission.