Appropriate Assessment Screening -Mornington Sand Dune Pathway – September 2013

Google Earth View of Mornington Sand Dunes

The key damaging issues identified during previous and recent site assessments were erosion primarily due to vehicle and pedestrian access and recreational pressure. Restrictions to access and recreational infrastructure are required to protect against damaging activities.


To date, vehicle access has been restricted by placing a series of poles to form a barrier and prevent cars accessing the dunes. A dedicated pathway leading to the beach is likely to provide a clear pathway to the beach that will be used by the majority of users wishing to access the beach area. This in turn will lead to a reduction in the level of use of other informal pathways thereby preventing further erosion in these areas and allowing them to gradually recover and revegetate.


The assessment concludes that there is no likely significant effect on the integrity of the Boyne Coast
and Estuary cSAC or the Boyne Estuary SPA resulting from the proposed pathway.

Appropriate Assessment Screening -Mornington Sand Dune Pathway – September 2013

AIE Request – Boyne Estuary SAC

  1. Correspondence, minutes and emails between Roy Thompson and Andrew Butler from the Eastern Region of NPWS and Donal Kinsella in relation to the to the protection and management of Boyne Estuary and Coast 001957 Special Area of Conservation between 01/01/2020-
    01/03/2022.
  2. Correspondence, minutes and emails between Roy Thompson and Andrew Butler from the Eastern Region of NPWS and the following staff in Meath County Council, Christy Clarke, Bernadine Carry and Larry Whelan in relation to the protection and management of Boyne Estuary and Coast 001957 Special Area of Conservation between 01/01/2020-01/03/2022.
  3. Correspondence and minutes in relation to the site meeting of NPWS and Meath County Council that took place in the Boyne Coast and Estuary SAC on the 28/02/2022

Summary of decision

Schedule of Records

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High Court gives go ahead for Southgate apartments challenge

On Monday the High Court gave Protect East Meath the go ahead to challenge the grant of planning permission for a proposed development of 201 apartments at Southgate on the outskirts of Drogheda

Location of South Gate development
Map showing location of proposed development

The grounds of challenge include the following alleged issues with the decision:

  1. Planning application did not address the new county development plan which was adopted after the plans were submitted
  2. Material contravention of the development plan relating to car parking
  3. Serious under provision of accessible car parking
  4. Serious under provision of electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  5. Serious under provision of cycle parking which the Board failed to lawfully deal with in the decision
  6. Lack of capacity in the water network
  7. Failure to engage with traffic studies submitted by observers and failure to deal with significant environmental impacts from serious traffic congestion in Julianstown
  8. Failure by applicant to supply required information for environmental assessment
  9. Failure to assess impacts of road noise on the development
  10. Failure to assess compliance with EU water quality requirements

The case returns to court on 21 February for further directions.