Curtilage Study: Useful Principles for Protected Structures
Protection of a protected structure extends to the land and structures lying within its curtilage. ‘Curtilage’ is the area of ground directly connected with the functioning or inhabitation of a structure, such as a yard, a basement or a passageway to the structure.
The Heritage Council sought to clarify how to determine the curtilage of a Protected Structure, contributing to the way in which we manage our heritage holistically, and in order to safeguard the setting of buildings and the way in which they make a contribution to landscapes. The article below provides observations, or indicators in regard to curtilage, on the basis of Irish planning and legal cases, and extrapolates from the principles recently established in UK court cases. The aim of the study was to clarify for building owners, what the implications of protection might be for them.