Protect East Meath Challenges Marsh Road Development

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The court challenge argues that the Drogheda Borough Council Development plan upon which the development relies is no longer in force, that proper surveys for birds and bats were not conducted and that neither the developer nor An Bord Pleanála gave proper consideration to the environmental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 the village”

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

Details of the development

An Bord Pleanála Decision and Inspectors Report

Sign the petition: Make Julianstown traffic free

Sign our petition to make Julianstown traffic free

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

200 more apartments in pipeline for Colpe

Approximate site location indicated by a red star

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

LocationDeveloperNo Units
ColpeShannon Homes357
Rathmullan RdTrailford661
Marsh RdRavala450 (+133)
Scotch HallHallscotch270

Protect East Meath objects to Colpe development application

Location of proposed Shannon Homes development at Colpe

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.

You can download it here or read it below:


Serious flooding in Julianstown

Pictures of serious flooding in Julianstown this morning

Protect East Meath makes observation on massive Rathmullan planning application

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.


Colpe housing application – 357 units

Shannon Homes has applied to An Bord Pleanála for 357 housing units in Colpe. The plans are at this link:

There are now five major housing developments in the pipeline for South Drogheda:

LocationDeveloperNo Units
ColpeShannon Homes357
Rathmullan RdTrailford661
Marsh RdRavala450 (+133)
Scotch HallHallscotch270

This development has the capacity for almost 6,000 new residents in the area which is approximately the size of Kells and is bigger than both Ardee and Carrickmacross

Julianstown Residents give evidence to Oireachtas Transport Committee

At the invitation of deputy Fergus O’Dowd representatives of Julianstown and District Community Association gave evidence to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport with input also from the Department of Transport and Meath County Council.

Local TDs Declan Breathanch and Imelda Munster supported the residents in encouraging the Department to support the local authority in prioritising a solution.

Cllrs Paddy Meade and Annie Hoey also attended to support the presentation. Presentation can be downloaded here. Video below (start at 20 mins)