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Appeal lodged against plans for new open storage area at Greenore Port

Appeal lodged against plans for new open storage area at Greenore Port

Plans for a new open storage area at Greenore Port have been thrown into doubt following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

Last month Louth County Council granted conditional planning permission to Greenore Port Ltd for the development at land to the north of Panpak in the village.

Now an appeal has been lodged against the decision by  local Euston Street resident Michael Stephen O’Hara, who argues that no port masterplan has been submitted in relation to the application as per the County Development Principals: EDE14 and TC41.

He also says it is an inefficient use of land and argues that there was insufficient consideration for heritage when the decision was made. Concerns were also raised over the visual aspect of the development, flood risk and climate change and noise in an area with various protected structures.

Greenore Port Unlimited had sought the green light for an open plan storage area of approximately 1.4 hectares for the storage of steel and port related cargoes. As part of these works there would be a new left-in only entrance off the R175 to serve the proposed open storage area and adjacent open storage areas.

The proposed works would comprise two stages, firstly the stripping of topsoil (c.200m) and construction of a berm (minimum 2,000m) along the eastern and western boundaries and the construction of the new left-in only entrance. This would be followed by other ancillary site development works including hard surfacing (maximum depth 400mm), lighting and landscape works.

An Bord Pleanála will rule on the matter in the coming months.

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