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Plans for temporary landfill in Kilsaran approved by An Bord Pleanála

Plans for temporary landfill in Kilsaran approved by An Bord Pleanála

Plans for a temporary landfill at Bolies in Kilsaran in Castlebellingham have been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála subject to revised conditions.

Barry Connolly was granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council last June for the filling of existing lands at Bolies to include for 96,000 tonnes of suitable waste comprising of stone, concrete and soil.

This would be over a four year period with circa 24,000 tonnes per year being distributed there.

As part of the application Mr Connolly also sought the provision of a new vehicular entrance, temporary office accommodation, a truck wash area and all associated site development works.

Despite as many as 25 objections being lodged to the plans, the local authority opted to grant planning permission subject to 12 conditions.

This was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála by Frank McArdle with the case heard last week.

The board opted to grant permission having carried out an Appropriate Assessment Screent exercise in relation to the potential effects of the proposed development on the surrounding area.

Outlining their reasoning for passing the application, An Bord Pleanála said: “The proposed development is located in an area designated in the Louth County Development Plan 2015 to 2021 to protect and provide for the development of agriculture and sustainable rural communities and to facilitate certain resource based and location specific developments of significant regional or national importance. Having regard to the previous use of the site for quarrying and the scale of the proposed use, it is considered that, subject to compliance with the conditions set out below, the proposed development would not endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard or give rise to risk of water pollution and would not seriously injure the residential amenities of nearby properties. The proposed development would, therefore, be in accordance with the provisions of the County Development Plan and with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”

The go ahead was therefore given subject to 15 conditions being met including that the plans originally submitted were strictly adhered to, that the site shall be used for the development only and that the amount of waste important into the site for the purpose of filling the site shall not exceed 24,000 tonnes per annum.

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