Smithstown solar farm application invalid

The Drogheda Independent reported this week that a planning application had been submitted for a large solar farm in Smithstown on land between the R133 and Beabeg land.

We checked the Meath County Council planning file and found that the application is invalid because the notices and drawings did not meet the required standard.

The developer now has to remove its notices and re-advertise the application before submitting new plans.

See the invalidation letter below or download it here.


Protect East Meath calls for cycling and walking access to proposed Bettystown Library and Community Building

Friday 14 August 2020 is the closing date for public submissions on the library and community building that Meath County Council proposes to build in Bettystown.

Protect East Meath made a submissions asking for the facility to be accessible on bicycle and foot from the surrounding villages.

View of proposed Bettystown library and community building

You can read our submission here.

You can make your own submission by clicking here.

Protect East Meath successfully overturns Marsh Road planning permission

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:


Large housing application made in Duleek

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

Consultations open on massive Stamullen development

Stamullen Co Meath

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.

Protect East Meath makes observations on Julianstown proposal

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.

Since our observation went in the county council has asked the developer to supply extensive further information. You can download our submission here and the request for further information here.