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Legal challenge by Bishop’s Court residents against new school is rejected by High Court

Legal challenge by Bishop’s Court residents against new school is rejected by High Court

A bid by Bishop’s Court residents to have the granting of planning permission for a new second level school in Dundalk reviewed has been rejected by the High Court.

The local residents announced plans 11 months ago to mount a legal challenge against the building of the new Coláiste Chú Chulainn school at the Marshes over concerns about a new ESB substation being erected at the back wall of their homes.

They had sought a judicial review from the High Court to review the granting of planning approval for the new school on the former Clark’s Forest site but it was refused on Friday.

Residents, led by former publican Dessie Corbett, had expressed safety concerns over the substation as well as voiced fears about the possibility of it blocking out light to their homes.

A view from one of the Bishop’s Court resident’s gardens last year of work commencing on the controversial ESB substation

The new €16 million school had expected to be complete for use this September with a handover scheduled for June but it was revealed recently that the legal wrangle would mean that this timeline would not be met.

According to LMFM news, Louth County Council’s Director of Services Frank Pentony said the local authority had asked the builder if it was possible for a section of the school to be prioritised so that it would be able to operate from the start of September.

The new school will cater for 1,000 students once finished with Coláiste Lú primary school also set to take up part of the site.

Despite this apparent blow residents have vowed to continue their fight.

An artist’s impression of the finished school

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