We are happy to report that a planning application for 21 residential units in Julianstown has been withdrawn following Protect East Meath’s observations relating to serious environmental issues with the proposal
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.
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.
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.
The High Court gave leave this morning to Protect East Meath and Highlands Residents Association to bring a legal challenge against a decision of An Bord Pleanála granting planning permission to Trailford Limited for a massive 661-unit housing development off the Rathmullan Road in Drogheda.
The challenge alleges that An Bord Pleanála was not legally permitted to grant permission for a development on lands ear marked by Meath County Council as not suitable for development until the new County Development Plan is adopted, that the environmental assessments in relation to winter birds and bats were deficient and that the Bord erroneously failed to identify significant effects on cultural heritage due to the sites location in relation to the Battle of the Boyne.
The matter returns to court after Easter on 23 April when a timetable will be agreed and a hearing date assigned.
are significant issues with the Strategic Environmental Report which if
left unaddressed will result in an SEA procedure that is unlawful having
regard to the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive. In
particular the assessment of alternatives is defective. There are
numerous targets for which there are no relevant indicators and
conversely there are indicators that are unrelated to targets. Finally
the monitoring is seriously deficient.
needs to specific monitoring of significant environmental effects in
Julianstown Co Meath. To that end an expert report is presented showing
the R132 is almost at its theoretical capacity – therefore specific
monitoring of traffic growth is required. Furthermore bearing in mind
the purpose of monitoring the traffic growth needs to be monitored
annually and should be reported to Louth County Council, TII, the NTA
and the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport.
The local community in Julianstown is making air quality data available
to Meath County Council at little or no cost. This data needs to be
monitored in respect of emissions from vehicular traffic and solid fuel
burning. The monitoring results should be reported to the EPA and
Department of Health.
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