Multi-Sports Complex Refused in Naas, Co. Kildare

An Bord Pleanala have refused permission for a multi-sports complex in Monread North, Naas, Co. Kildare.  There were 3 reasons for refusal:

1. The proposed development involves the relocation of local sporting facilities from an existing, highly accessible suburban location to a peripheral unserviced site in the surrounding rural area which, for access purposes, would
be increasingly reliant on private vehicular transport. In this respect, it is considered that the proposed development would constitute urban generated development which would give rise to unsustainable transportation patterns and would result in the removal of established local sporting activities to a less sustainable location contrary to the provisions of Policy Statement RP1 of the Kildare County Development Plan, 2005 which seeks ‘To protect and improve amenities and recreational assets in the interests of residents and tourists alike’. The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.


2. It is a specific policy of the planning authority, as set out in Policy RP7 of the Kildare County Development Plan, 2005-2011 ‘to proceed with the development of the third lane in each direction along the N7 including improvements to interchanges as the need arises’. Furthermore, it is the policy of the Council as per section 15.2.5 of the said plan, to prohibit development within 91 metres of motorways. Having regard to the foregoing, and noting
the relationship and proximity of the proposed development to the M7 Motorway, it is considered that the proposed development would infringe a building line determined by the planning authority, thereby adversely affecting the use of a national road and would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.
3. The Board is not satisfied that the proposed development, having regard to the vehicular access arrangements and additional traffic turning movements associated with same, would not interfere with the free flow of traffic on the public road. The proposed development would, therefore, endanger public safety by reason of obstruction of road users and be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

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