The High Court today quashed planning permission granted to Trailford Limited for a 661 unit housing development at Rathmullan.
The case taken by Highlands Residents Association and Protect East Meath challenged the decision on the basis that the land was not identified for residential development under the County Development Plan and that there were serious flaws in the environmental assessment.
The original planning application which included seven buildings up to 20-stories, retail, a maritime museum and almost 600 car parking spaces was granted permission in 2010. No works were commenced during the 10 year life of the permission which expired on 10 October 2020.
Protect East Meath attempted to make a submission on the proposed extension and forwarded a copy of the judgment of the Court of Justice in Friends of the Irish Environment v An Bord Pleanálawhich held that it was unlawful to extend the duration of an expired permission without treating it as a new application.
While the Council refused to accept the submission, it appears that they did in fact take on board our observation and the application has now been refused.
You can see a copy of the refusal letter below or download form here.
Protect East Meath continues to monitor the Council’s compliance with legal obligations to post planning files online – a requirement that was introduced in response to the public health crisis which means that traveling to Navan to inspect paper files is becoming more difficult.
Protect East Meath has filed an observation on Irish Cement’s plans for a major development at its Platin factory. Protect East Meath is concerned that no notices were placed in the East Meath area or in local newspapers and Meath County Council did not put the plans online despite being required to do so by legislation.
Shannon Homes has given notice that it will have another go at trying to obtain planning permission for a large housing development between the Colpe Road and the Mill Road. Permission for a similar development at the same location was refused in February by An Bord Pleanála on the basis of inadequate bird surveys relating to the nearby Boyne Estuary SPA.
The planning application can be viewed at this link
Just a quick reminder that submissions on the Boyne Greenway between Drogheda and Mornington close next Friday 11 September. Submissions must reach An Bord Pleanála by 5.30pm – there is no fee for making a submission.
The plans can be viewed on the Meath Co Co website here.