County Manager approves Glending development
WEST Wicklow was in shock this week following the disclosure that County Manager, Blaise Treacy, has dramatically given planning permission to Roadstone to quarry away the Glending Woods area.
The decision has led to outcry from a number of local representatives and campaigners.
Objectors now have one month from Friday last to lodge appeals on the matter which will again focus controversy on what many claim to be a site of huge archaeological importance.
The planning permission allows Roadstone to extract sand and gravel from 32.4 hectares of land in the Glending area over the next 15 years.
A total of 18 conditions, including archaeological and environmental procedures, are included in the planning permission process put down by the county council.
In addition, the company must employ an archaeologist to verse all the work and vegetation clearance on the site.
Cllr Tommy Cullen has accused the County Manager of pushing the matter through during the quiet Christmas period.
‘I am amazed by the fact that planning permission has been given in view of the fact that Justice McGuinness has not yet issued a ruling on the legality of the controversial rezoning plan of which this is a part of.’