An Bord Pleanala refuse permission for Equestrian Tourist Facility at Turnings, Straffan

An Bord Pleanala have upheld a decision by Kildare County Council to refuse planning permission for an equestrian tourist facility at Turnings, Straffan, Co. Kildare.  The development involved the demolition of an abattoir and assoaited buildings to accomodate a language school for foreign students (including overnight accomodation), stables and farm managers residence. 

Despite the inspectors reasoning that the lanaguage facility could be permitted on unzoned lands (as it was equestrian related), and the Boards apparant acceptance of this fact, the Board refused permission on the basis of the risk of flooding in the long-term, the risk of environmental pollution of the River Morrell and the extent of works that are required to facilitate the developmen tbeing unsustinable at this location.

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One Response to “An Bord Pleanala refuse permission for Equestrian Tourist Facility at Turnings, Straffan”

  1. Pádraig McEvoy Says:

    It is reassuring to see the National Planning Authorities taking due caution in flood prone areas. There are 760 hectares of existing undeveloped lands zoned for employment in Kildare. The planning professionals say that Kildare will require 386 hectares by 2022. And yes, we need to prepare for a new economy – one with a diverse range of enterprise. However, the short term lure of employment to justify planning permissions in compromised locations is a similar philosophy to what broke the banking sector. People who find that their properties are in flood zones will testify to this. The State can ill afford for more planning mistakes.

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