Decision to refuse multi-sports complex in Naas appealed to An Bord Pleanala

Kildare County Council’s decision to refuse permission for a Multi-Sports Complex  and associated works in Monread Road, North has been appealed to the Board by the applicant, Naas Sports Group Limited.

The Council refused permission for the following reasons:

1. The development is located in a rural area outside the development boundaries of any designated town or village. It is the Council’s objective to “support the sustainable development of rural areas in economic, social and environmental terms in a way that supports the rural economy and rural communities and to retain the identity of towns and rural settlements and to ensure that orderly development of newly developing areas on the edges of towns and settlements by resisting urban sprawl, haphazard and piecemeal development…” (Section 6.6.1 Kildare County Development Plan 2005-2011 refers). The provisions of the development plan deem that land not within an identifiable settlement and not otherwise zoned shall be deemed to be primarily agricultural. (Section 6.7.6 OD 1 of County Development Plan 2005-2011 refers). The proposed development would therefore contravene materially an objective indicated in the Development Plan for the use solely or primarily of this area, for agriculture and would therefore be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

2. Having regard to the existing road layout in the vicinity of the site, the proposed provision for access via the accommodation bridge over the heavily trafficked M7 and the serious public safety concerns regarding the use of a bridge that has substandard parapets and is not of adequate width to accommodate two way traffic flow, the proposed development would be likely to endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard. The proposal would therefore be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

3. The proposal to use the existing priority access at the junction with the Monread Road by right turning vehicles would be likely to endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard and obstruction of other road users, and may also adversely affect the capacity of the Monread Road. The proposal would therefore be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

4. The proposal is located within an area currently under consideration for widening of the M7 Motorway. The provisions of the County Development Plan require a building line of 91m from the motorway.  (Section 15.2.5 of the County Development Plan 2005-2011 refers). The proposed development would thus adversely affect the use of a National Road and infringe an existing building line determined by the Planning Authority and would therefore be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

5. Having regard to the availability of the existing sports facility on the Caragh Road, where a system of high quality footpaths and cycle paths exist from the Town Centre, and where there are more than ample lands zoned (existing and proposed) for future expansion of the existing facilities, the location of the development on unzoned land in a rural area, which is not linked to the town by cycle paths, served predominantly by sub-standard footpaths at various locations, and is not on a local bus route, it is considered that the proposed development, would generate substantial coach and car trips, and result in users walking and cycling where facilities do not exist, would endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard and would therefore be contrary to the proper planning and development of the area.

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