In 2014 Meath County Council commissioned a walking and cycling study which resulted in a 200 page report which, as far as we can tell, was never published. The report sat on a shelf for 7 years. Last year, the Council commissioned another report to update the 2014 study to take account of policy changes in the intervening 7 years. No doubt the update will take its rightful place on the shelf with all the other reports.
Protect East Meath has recently lodged an appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the decision of Meath County Council to grant planning permission for a development of 95 units (49 houses and 46 apartments) at Colp. A second appeal from Grange Rath Management Company has also been lodged, the two appeals will be handled together.
We took this appeal for a number of reasons based on planning and environmental concerns:
This would be a car dependent development because the site is remote from Drogheda and other services and can’t be accessed on foot, bicycle or by public transport. Our community, particularly children need to be able to travel in the area independently on foot or bicycle. The development is therefore inconsistent with national policy such as Smarter Travel.
A Joint Urban Plan for Drogheda and a Transport Study for the town are needed to inform the future development of the town, this proposal is premature and would undermine these plans
Traffic from this location is causing huge congestion in Julianstown because the R132 road lacks capacity. Not only are there 20 minute tailbacks morning and evening, the traffic congestion is having a ruinous effect on the quality of life in the village because of noise and air pollution.
The Colp proposal is part of a larger development which requires an environmental assessment that was not carried out. A larger development in this area would make the environmental and planning issues worse.
Meath County Council has identified this location as one that cannot be immediately developed because of lack of services, development here would therefore breach the National Planning Framework.
In a welcome move Meath County Council has written to local sports clubs asking them not to train in the dunes at Mornington and Bettystown. These dunes are highly sensitive habitats protected by EU law and are damaged by use such as walking and sports training.
We have uploaded the videos of the Meath County Development Plan meetings for the East Meath area. The second recording deals with part 2 of the Southern Environs of Drogheda which was held on 12 January 2021. More to follow
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