Bid to extend permission for 457 Marsh Road apartments fails after Protect East Meath intervention

An application to extend the duration of planning permission for a proposed development of 457 apartments and a bridge at the Marsh Road in Drogheda has been refused following a submission from Protect East Meath to Louth County Council pointing out that a decision of the European Court of Justice delivered in September had made these extensions illegal.

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 Pleanála which 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.


Cement plans withdrawn and resubmitted

Following a submission from Protect East Meath, Irish Cement has withdrawn its planning application for a major development at its Platin facility.

Protect East Meath pointed out that legal requirements for Meath County Council to publish the planning application online had not been complied with.

It seems Irish Cement has agreed with Protect East Meath and the default by Meath County Council has forced it to withdraw and resubmit its application, this time with the planning application online.

The new application can be viewed here (ref LB201629)

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.

Irish Cement plans not online, no notice in East Meath

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.

Irish Cement – Platin

See below or download here.


Shannon Homes tries again with Colpe application

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

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.