The High Court today formally quashed a decision of An Bord Pleanála granting permission for a 450-unit development off the Marsh Road in Drogheda.
In February this year, An Bord Pleanála conceded that its decision was invalid but the developer, Ravala Limited, applied to the court to be allowed contest Protect East Meath’s challenge.
This morning the High Court ruled that in this case Ravala couldn’t continue with the challenge because the court wasn’t satisfied that it could meet the strict standards for the assessment of impacts on habitats protected by EU law.
This means that the development cannot proceed.
A copy of the judgment is available here:Protect-East-Meath-v-An-Bord-Pleanála-Final-judgment-19.6.2020
Davy Target Investments ICAV, has applied to An Bord Pleanála for planning permission for a strategic housing development on a site area of 4.8ha located at The Steeples Road, Duleek, Co. Meath in the townland of Commons. The proposed development will consist of 167 no. dwellings and a 2 storey creche (415sq.m), including 93 no. 2 storey, 3 & 4 bedroom houses and 74 no. duplex units & apartments, as well as all associated site development works, including the provision of a roadside footpath and cyclepath along The Steeples Road, 2 no. ESB sub-stations, car parking, bin & bicycle storage, public open spaces, hard and soft landscaping, boundary treatments and public lighting. Access to the development will be via one new vehicular entrance off The Steeples Road.
The application can be viewed here
The Bord Pleanála link is here.
Decision due by 15 September 2020
Developer Alcove Ireland Eight has opened three separate consultations with An Bord Pleanála seeking to build 645 units in the village.
These proposals, if they were would constitute a 66% increase of the size of the village which currently has just over 1000 housing units and is home to 3000 people.
The proposals dwarf the 85 extra units earmarked for the village in the proposed 2020-2026 development plan which identifies 215 existing planning permissions in the area.
The consultation details can be viewed here:
Delvin Ridge – 71 houses, 52 apartments
Silverstream – 110 houses, 74 apartments
Cockhill Road – 208 houses, 130 apartments
These consultations are not open to public submissions but are a compulsory step for developers looking to make strategic housing applications.
Read our short submission on the proposed public realm plan for Laytown and Bettystown calling for improved pedestrian and cycling links in East Meath
We are just catching up on the updates.
In February Protect East Meath made observations to Meath County Council about a planning application seeking to build 21 houses in Julianstown. The application proposes destroying party of a proposed Natural Heritage Area, development on land zoned for high amenity and on areas prone to flooding. There were also concerns about interference with Julianstown bridge (a protected structure) and assessment of protected birds and bats.Submission-on-LB200039-from-Protect-Eastmeath-12.2.2020
The High Court gave leave this morning to Protect East Meath and Highlands Residents Association to bring a legal challenge against a decision of An Bord Pleanála granting planning permission to Trailford Limited for a massive 661-unit housing development off the Rathmullan Road in Drogheda.
The challenge alleges that An Bord Pleanála was not legally permitted to grant permission for a development on lands ear marked by Meath County Council as not suitable for development until the new County Development Plan is adopted, that the environmental assessments in relation to winter birds and bats were deficient and that the Bord erroneously failed to identify significant effects on cultural heritage due to the sites location in relation to the Battle of the Boyne.
The matter returns to court after Easter on 23 April when a timetable will be agreed and a hearing date assigned.
You can read our submission to the County Development Plan review at this link https://consult.meath.ie/en/submission/mh-c5-544/observation/coments-sea
The submission is summarised as follows
1. There are significant issues with the Strategic Environmental Report which if left unaddressed will result in an SEA procedure that is unlawful having regard to the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive. In particular the assessment of alternatives is defective. There are numerous targets for which there are no relevant indicators and conversely there are indicators that are unrelated to targets. Finally the monitoring is seriously deficient.
2. There needs to specific monitoring of significant environmental effects in Julianstown Co Meath. To that end an expert report is presented showing the R132 is almost at its theoretical capacity – therefore specific monitoring of traffic growth is required. Furthermore bearing in mind the purpose of monitoring the traffic growth needs to be monitored annually and should be reported to Louth County Council, TII, the NTA and the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport.
3. The local community in Julianstown is making air quality data available to Meath County Council at little or no cost. This data needs to be monitored in respect of emissions from vehicular traffic and solid fuel burning. The monitoring results should be reported to the EPA and Department of Health.
The full list of submissions is here.
Protect East Meath today received confirmation that planning permission has been refused for a large housing development off the Mill Road.
This move comes after Protect East Meath pointed out several flaws in the proposal including serious traffic consequences for Julianstown and lack of certainty around impacts on protected bird species using the area.
A copy of the decision can be downloaded from here or you can read it below:ABP-decision-shannon-homes-12.2.2020
An Bord Pleanála last week granted planning permission for a 661 – unit development off the Rathmullan Road in Drogheda. The inspector’s report is included below. Protect East Meath is studying the decision and will update supporters shortly.305552-Inspectors-Report