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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

 

Minutes of Special Meeting

held at 2.00 p.m. on Friday, 20 June 2008 at

Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare

 

Members Present: Councillor M Glennon (Mayor); Councillors P Black, F Browne, K Byrne, W Callaghan, M Dalton, L Doyle, S Doyle, F Dukes, D Fitzpatrick,

S Griffin, R Hendy, G W Hillis, P Kelly, G McDonagh, T McEvoy,

J McGinley, P MacNamara, M Miley, M Nolan, F O’Loughlin, J J Power, K Ridge and B Weld.

 

Apologies:               Councillor G Conway

 

Also Present:          Mr J Boland, Deputy County Manager, Messrs J Lahart, P Minnock,

E O’Sullivan and D Page (Directors of Services), C Talbot (Meetings Administrator) and other officials.

 

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Material Contravention of County Kildare Development Plan 2005-2011

 

The council noted that a planning application by Ballykelly GAA Club (register no. 05/2495) would, if successful, result in a material contravention of the County Kildare Development Plan 2005-2011.  The application sought permission at Ballykelly, Monasterevin for construction of two senior playing pitches including floodlights, one junior playing pitch, a clubhouse incorporating an indoor basketball court, male and female dressing rooms with shower and toilet facilities, referees changing room with toilet and shower facilities, kitchen, store room, meeting room, reception room and public toilets

 

The development would contravene materially Section 6.7.6 – OD1 of the Kildare County Development Plan 2005-2011, which stated: Apart from housing development, there are other land uses, which may be considered in the rural countryside.  Where an area is not within an identifiable settlement, and is not otherwise zoned as part of this development plan, or of any of the town development plans, the use of such land will be deemed to be primarily agricultural.

 

 

The council also considered a report from the County Manager, dated 13 June 2008, which had been circulated.  Mr Lahart briefed the members on the background to the planning application, advising the members that the site of the proposed development is currently zoned agriculture.  He stated that no submissions had been received on foot of the public consultation process.  Mr Lahart stated that the site was adjacent to the town centre and close to residential developments, adding that this was a low impact development consistent with the surrounding area and that additional recreational facilities were needed in the locality.  He stated that the proposed development was in keeping with proper planning and sustainable development and he recommended the proposed material contravention to the members.

 

A number of members spoke in favour of materially contravening the county development plan to permit the proposed development at Ballykelly GAA Club.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Nolan, seconded by Councillor Black, with 24 members voting in favour, that a decision to grant planning permission be made in this case and that for that purpose the council consent to a material contravention of the County Kildare Development Plan 2005-2011.

 

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Material Contravention of County Kildare Development Plan 2005-2011

The council noted that a planning application by Tegral Holdings  (register no. 08/409) would, if successful, result in a material contravention of the County Kildare Development Plan 2005-2011.  The application sought permission at Srowland, Athy, for construction of two manufacturing facilities on 15.2Ha site for the manufacturing of fibre cement roof slates, the importation of slate and building cladding products and manufacture of building cladding products and purlins, administrative building, staff and visitor car-parking, surface water management system and ESB sub-stations.

 

The development would contravene materially Section 6.7.6 – OD1 of the Kildare County Development Plan 2005-2011, which stated: Apart from housing development, there are other land uses which may be considered in the rural countryside.  Where an area is not within an identifiable settlement, and is not otherwise zoned as part of this development plan, or of any of the town development plans, the use of such land will be deemed to be primarily agricultural.

The council also considered a report from the County Manager, dated 13 June 2008, which had been circulated.  Mr Lahart briefed the members on the background to the planning application, advising the members that the site of the proposed development is currently zoned agriculture.  He stated that four submissions had been received on foot of the public consultation process. 

 

Mr Lahart stated that the site was located on the R417 Athy to Monasterevin road.  He informed the members that the development of the site at Srowland by Tegral Holdings would, in turn, free up a significant site within Athy town centre.  He added that the development would remove related HGV traffic from the town centre and sustain employment in the area in line with employment objectives contained in the County Development Plan.

 

A number of members spoke in favour of the proposed material contravention of the county development plan to accommodate the development of the site at Srowland, Athy by Tegral Holdings.  It was agreed that this was a much needed development for Athy which would be beneficial to the town and the surrounding area, sustaining employment in the region. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hendy, seconded by Councillor Dalton, with 24 members voting in favour, that a decision to grant planning permission be made in this case and that for that purpose the council consent to a material contravention of the County Kildare Development Plan 2005-2011.

 

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Closure to vehicular traffic at Assumpta Villas, Kildare Town

Mr Whelan, Transportation Department, referred to a report dated 11 June 2008, which had been circulated to the members, relating to a proposal to close the entrance to Assumpta Villas, from Station Road, to vehicular traffic.  He informed the members that on foot of the public consultation process associated with the proposed closure to vehicular traffic, a total of 74 submissions or signatures had been received in support, while 30 people had expressed opposition to the proposal.  The Gardai and the Senior Executive Engineer, Traffic Section, were in favour of the proposal to close the junction at the Station Road end of the estate.  He further informed the members that the proposed closure had been unanimously approved by the members of the Kildare Area Committee. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Dukes, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, with all 24 member voting in favour, that, in accordance with Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 1994, the entrance to Assumpta Villas, Kildare Town, from Station Road, be closed to vehicular traffic, in order to control traffic movements through the estate.

 

The meeting then concluded.