Plan­ning for move­ment of 70,000 tonnes of ma­te­rial refused

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

Wex­ford County Coun­cil has refused plan­ning per­mis­sion to Sean Kin­sella Site De­vel­op­ments Ltd for the im­por­ta­tion of 70,000 tonnes of ma­te­rial onto a site at Ban­ntown, Hunt­ing­ton, Gorey.

It had been pro­posed to im­port in­ert nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, prin­ci­pally ex­cess soil, stone, and bro­ken rock in or­der to level off agri­cul­tural land by rais­ing ex­ist­ing site lev­els in an area mea­sur­ing ap­prox­i­mately two hectares, within an over­all site area of 7.85 hectares.

The pro­posed works were to in­clude the pro­vi­sion of suit­able drainage, and the site was to be fin­ished by the place­ment of cover soils and seed­ing to con­tinue its use as agri­cul­tural land. A Natura im­pact state­ment was sub­mit­ted.

The coun­cil refused per­mis­sion say­ing ‘the ap­pli­ca­tion, which pro­poses the dis­posal of more then 25,000 tonnes of waste ma­te­rial per an­num on the site, was not ac­com­pa­nied by an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment/ As­sess­ment Re­port’, re­quired by plan­ning reg­u­la­tions.

It also said there was ‘in­suf­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion, no­tably in re­spect of a com­pre­hen­sive hy­dro­ge­o­log­i­cal as­sess­ment re­port and draw­ings de­tail­ing im­pacts on ex­ist­ing veg­e­ta­tion/land­scap­ing at the bound­aries,’ and po­ten­tially the Slaney River Val­ley. It also felt the pro­posed lo­cal ac­cess roads wouldn’t be ca­pa­ble of ac­com­mo­dat­ing the HGV move­ments as­so­ci­ated with im­port­ing 70,000 tonnes of ma­te­rial.

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