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.



Green light for challenge to massive Rathmullan planning permission

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.

Submission to the County Development Plan Review

You can read our submission to the County Development Plan review at this link


The submission is summarised as follows

1. There 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.

2. There 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.

3. 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.

The full list of submissions is here.