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:
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.
East Meath group given permission to challenge planning permission for large Drogheda development at the Marsh Road.
Nature protection, traffic congestion, noise and air pollution in Julianstown of major concern
The High Court today granted Protect East Meath
Limited permission to challenge a decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant
planning permission for a 450-unit development proposed by developer Ravala Limited for a site off the Marsh Road, East of Drogheda.
The challenge was brought by Protect East Meath,
an organisation aimed at ensuring the development in East Meath only takes
place with strong environmental protections.
The court challenge argues that the Drogheda Borough Council Development plan upon which the development relies is no longer in force, that proper surveys for birds and bats were not conducted and that neither the developer nor An Bord Pleanála gave proper consideration to the environmental impacts on Julianstown that would result from extra traffic generated by the development.
Fred Logue, solicitor for Protect East Meath said that “in consultation with local residents and the Julianstown and District Community Association, Protect East Meath made a submission to An Bord Pleanála pointing out that there was already chronic traffic congestion on the main street of Julianstown giving rise noise levels in excess of recommended environmental quality levels and the likelihood of serious air pollution.”
“Unfortunately this submission was effectively
ignored and no consideration was given to the effects of the serious pollution
on children in Whitecross national school or on residents who live and work in
EU law requires detailed environmental assessments
to be carried out on the effects of large developments including an assessment
of the effects on human health and in particular air pollution. Protect East Meath
argues that these assessments were inadequate or not done at all.
Mr Logue pointed out that concerns about the serious
health effects caused by heavy traffic are now well understood and it was a
serious omission by the Developer and An Bord Pleanála not to examine the consequences
for the village of Julianstown from increased traffic.
Mr Logue went on to point out that there are
already more than 20,000 vehicles a day pouring through the small village. This
amount of traffic is normally accommodated by a dual carriage way and not a
narrow residential street.
“Meath County Council has recently identified
traffic from Drogheda and East Meath as the source of the problems and has confirmed
that a Julianstown by-pass would save €80 million based on time savings alone.”
Mr Logue went on to say that he was confident
that once the correct environmental assessments were carried out it would
emerge that that the decision was not lawfully made and that increased traffic in Julianstown would lead to unacceptable pollution
in Julianstown and that permission would ultimately be refused
The draft Meath County Development plan is currently on display for public consultation. This plan sets the planning policies for the County for the next six years and gives an opportunity to have the Council agree to concrete steps to protect the environment in Julianstown by advancing a bypass of the village
The contents of the plan are decided by elected councillors and not officials therefore the more people that look for this the better chance there will be of progress.
The one thing councillors fear is losing votes.
Therefore we are asking you to sign this petition to show how many people are in favour of saving Julianstown
An Bord Pleanála published details that Rockmill has entered consultation with it around a proposal to build 201 appartments on a site to the North of Southgate shopping centre and to the South West of Grange Rath.
This brings to 2,322 the number of housing units in large developments that are in the pipeline for South Drogheda/East Meath which could lead to a population increase of up to 6,500 in the area (approximately the size of Fermoy). See below for an updated table with links
Protect East Meath this week lodged an objection against another planning application for a massive housing development in East Meath – this time 357 housing units between Grangerath and the Mill Road.
Protect East Meath yesterday lodged observations against a proposed development at Rathmullan in Drogheda for 661 housing units. The observation draws attention to the chronic traffic situation in Julianstown that will be worsened by this huge car-dependent development. There are also concerns about bats, birds and otters. You can download the submission from here or read it below.