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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

Minutes of Special Planning Meeting
held at 10am on Friday, 17th November 2010 at
Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare

Members Present: Councillor B Weld (Mayor); Councillors S Griffin, M Nolan, T Lawlor,
S Langan, C Purcell, K Byrne, J McGinley, F Browne, M Wall, P McEvoy, P Kelly, S. Moore, C Murphy, L Doyle, M Miley, W Callaghan, S Doyle, P Kennedy, R Daly, M Heydon, T O’Donnell, F O’Loughlin

Apologies: Councillors D Scully & P MacNamara

Also Present: Mr. M Malone, County Manager, Mr. J Lahart (Director of Services), 
Michael Kenny (Senior Planner), Anita Sweeney (Snr. Exec. Planner), Caroline Shinners, Lorcan Griffin, Billy Joe Padden, Mary Foley and other officials.

The Mayor called for a moment’s reflection.

 

It was agreed on the Mayor’s proposal to adjourn until 11am to allow the group leaders time to discuss various matters relating to the day’s business.  It was also agreed to defer any motions relating to Donaghcomper to a future meeting as further legal advice was awaited.

 

Presentation on Settlement Strategy

Lorcan Griffin gave a presentation on the research done for the Settlement Strategy and the rationale behind the figures which he said provided for proportionate growth based on the base population at the time of the 2006 Census and taking account of social, physical infrastructure etc.  The approach to the strategies outlined in Chapters 3 and 17 was evidence based.  He said these figures were first presented to the TWG in December 2009.

 

Cllr. S. Doyle argued that the target figures were not in line with real population figures and the split between hinterland towns and rural, from the 65% allocated to them, and did not make sense.  Lorcan said the figures were in line with the RPGs and were target figures.

 

John Lahart pointed out that the Census was a snapshot in time and was the basis for the RPG figures.  The population increase figure was a target which may or may not be reached.  He said the 65% figure was correctly allocated with a bias towards the hinterland towns.

 

Following a lengthy discussion Cllr. S. Doyle, seconded by Cllr. Callaghan, proposed that Table 3.3 be altered to reflect the accuracy of where the population lies by adding an extra column to identify the projected growth in numbers and percentages, for each settlement to 2017 and the aggregate population growth in numbers and percentages, for the remainder of the county.  It was agreed that the amended Table 3.3 would be circulated to the members and a decision was deferred until then.

 

The motions adjourned from the meeting of 12/11/10 were taken next.

 

Motion 26.  Cllrs. Nolan & Lawlor

 

That we reject the Manager’s recommendation and to zone the lands on this submission to Industrial/ Warehousing. The reasoning for this is to provide any future employment for the people of Co. Kildare. The above lands are located in an Industrial Park.

 

Request to zone the subject lands Industrial/Warehousing (c. 54ha) adjoining Tougher Business Park 

 

Manager’s Response

The site adjoins the existing zoned lands off the R445 Naas-Newbridge road at Tougher's Business Park, Lewistown/Clownings, Newbridge (Map 18.3).  The majority of the site is unzoned. 

 

The site is located approximately 5 km from the edge of both Naas and Newbridge urban centres. Access to the site is located circa 2.5km from the entrance to the existing Tougher's Business Park and industrial and Warehousing zoned area.

The Draft Naas Town Development Plan 2011-2017 (section 3.5) provides for approximately 90 hectares of undeveloped lands zoned for employment use such as industrial, warehousing and commercial. This does not take into account lands zoned for town centre, retail, leisure and amenity uses or the “White Lands” at the Northwest Quadrant. Given the requirement for approximately 40 hectares of land to accommodate future employment needs in Naas, it is considered that there is currently sufficient land zoned for employment generation to meet job creation needs for the town up to 2017 and beyond.

 

Newbridge LAP 2003 provides for a significant quantum of lands zoned for Industrial and warehousing uses, with c. 80 ha of the lands at Great Connell/Little Connell zoned for this use being subject to a Masterplan that has been agreed with the Planning Authority.

Section 5.5.1 (availability of zoned lands) of the Draft CDP recognises the need to zone employment lands at appropriate locations stating ‘It is particularly important that new development should be located within existing settlements to encourage economic diversification and networking between related businesses, enhancing the degree of employment choice and providing economies of scale and at least some opportunities for travel to work by public transport.’

 

The proposed zoning of additional industrial zoned lands at this location would compromise the delivery of suitably located industrial and employment activities within the towns of Naas and Newbridge, where sufficient lands are available, above and beyond the targeted needs for the plan period.

 

The zoning of the subject lands does not have regard to national, regional or local policy as to do so would join the Naas environs lands to the Newbridge LAP boundary.  This would be contrary to policy SO6 in the Draft CDP regarding the avoidance of coalescence of settlements.

 

Furthermore, there is a large quantum of zoned land that remains undeveloped in the existing Tougher Business Park.

 

Roads: The proposed Leinster Outer Orbital Route (LOOR) project and connection will have important implications for strategic planning and economic opportunity in the Mid East Counties. Route selection and design should continue in order that planning authorities can evaluate implications and capitalise on the benefits and potential arising if this project is progressed from what is likely to be a significant national investment.

 

The zoning of the subject lands would be premature having regard to the Leinster Orbital Route Corridor Protection Study.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

No change

 

A map of Naas environs, showing the subject lands, was circulated.  John Lahart said c200ha was required for employment related uses in the county and already c700ha was so zoned with a concentration in Naas and Newbridge.

 

Cllr. Lawlor said a lot of that zoned land will not be developed.  He proposed reducing the amount proposed in the motion to 65 acres, thereby making provision for the proposed Leinster Outer Orbital Route (LOOR).  Cllrs. Moore and Griffin supported the motion.  Cllr. Murphy was concerned that there could be negative implications if the members did not agree with the Manager’s recommendation.  Cllr. O’Donnell expressed concern at the type of land uses which might occur on the site having regard to the proximity of the land to the bloodstock industry and he asked that the matrix be amended to remove the word “waste” from the “waste incineration” allowed.  Cllr. McEvoy referred to sustainability issues and also asked that the revised proposal be shown on the map.

 

The Manager said the members can differ from his view if they have a legal basis to do so, based on proper planning and sustainable development reasons.  He said the Leinster Outer Orbital Route (LOOR) issue had to be considered so as to avoid complications in picking the route.  He urged caution in excluding various business types from the matrix and said that it was at the planning stage that a decision is made on the suitability or otherwise of a business.  John Lahart added that the NRA will have an opportunity to comment viz. a viz. the LOOR project when the proposed amendments go on public display.

 

The motion was deferred until a revised map was circulated.  When it was taken later in the meeting Cllr. Nolan proposed the following revised motion: “That the lands at Ladytown outlined in black on the map, totalling 24ha, be zoned industrial and warehousing”.  He said this was to accommodate any future employment for County Kildare and to support the existing businesses currently located within the area.  The location has the necessary infrastructure and a public transport system and what is proposed is a sequential development of the existing industrial development.  The motion was seconded by Cllr. Moore.  In response to a question from Cllr. Daly John Lahart said there was about 30acres undeveloped in Tougher’s.

 

Cllr. Murphy asked for a roll call vote the result of which was 13 votes to 2 with 4 abstentions in favour of the motion, as follows:

 

F. Browne                  abstained

K. Byrne                     abstained

W. Callaghan for

R. Daly                        for

L. Doyle                      absent

S. Doyle                     absent

S. Griffin                     for

M. Heydon                  for

P. Kelly                       for

P. Kennedy                for

S. Langan                  for

P. MacNamara          absent

P. McEvoy                  against

J. McGinley                absent

M. Miley                      for

S. Moore                    for

C. Murphy                   against

M. Nolan                     for

T. O’Donnell               absent

F. O’Loughlin             for

C. Purcell                   abstained

D. Scully                     absent

M. Wall                       abstained

B. Weld                      for

 

Motion 33 – Cllr. T. O’Donnell

 

That lands identified by Athgarvan GFC and the Booth Coonan Partnership be zoned for Community and Educational, Open Space, Recreation and Amenity and Residential uses

 

Manager’s Response - The Athgarvan LAP was adopted in 2007 and sets out the planning framework for the development of the village until 2013. The plan makes specific provisions for the following:

 

(1) The relocation of the GAA, with options available in current LAP

(2) Relocation of school site,

 

Table 3.4 in the Draft CDP shows Athgarvan has potential to deliver a further 478 units/1,271 population on the existing undeveloped zoned lands.  This constitutes a significant overprovision of zoned lands when compared to the new unit/pop target set out for over the plan period (table 3.3).  It is therefore not appropriate to zone additional residential lands (23.2 acres). The population potential of 478 units added to the population of existing zoned lands would lead to an additional population of circa 1800 persons this would more than double the 2006 census population figure of 1300 persons for Athgarvan.

 

It is considered that there are more than sufficient lands identified for new residential development in the Athgarvan LAP (2007) to cater adequately for the residential expansion of the village at a sustainable rate over the plan period.

 

Furthermore, in relation to the proposed link road and school site, it is considered that the school should be located closer to the current residential section of the town to improve it’s attractiveness for walking / cycling.

 

Justification for the need for a distributor road linking the Newbridge road and the Curragh Road has not been provided.  Similarly no justification has been provided for two direct accesses onto the Curragh Road and what appears to be an access through an existing residential estate.

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

The motion was seconded by Cllr. Kennedy.  A lengthy discussion took place in which the members called for the de-zoning of the so called “Dardis lands” as it was unlikely they would be developed in the short term which would mean no community gain for Athgarvan and the lands the subject of this motion were more suitable as they were closer to the village core.  The members were cautioned that they could not trade zoning for community gain, that development should be related to the scale of the population and social and physical services and that the quantum of zoned land should be aligned with the settlement strategy, government guidelines and other policies in the CDP.  The Manager also said that it was inappropriate to use the CDP review mechanism to change a zoning in a local area plan.  Cllr. Nolan, seconded by Cllr. O’Donnell, proposed that the matter be referred to the next ordinary Council meeting to commence the review of the Athgarvan LAP.  A vote was taken and the motion was carried by 9 votes to nil.  Cllr. O’Donnell withdrew his Motion 33.

 

Motion 29 – Cllr. A. Lawlor

 

That we accept this submission (sub. 151)

 

It is requested to zone lands at Jigginstown as ‘R’ Commercial/Retail.

 

Manager’s Response - The 2011 – 2017 Naas Draft Town Development Plan and the Draft County Retail Strategy highlight that Naas is the County’s prime location for bulky goods shopping but that there is evidence this market is largely saturated. The consequence of this is reflected in pressure on retail warehousing floor space being used for either large space comparison or mainstream or discount convenience shopping. Both the Draft Town Development Plan and Draft County Retail Strategy recognise the importance of Naas town centre as the most appropriate location for convenience and comparison shopping and it sustaining its role and importance as a key bulky goods shopping destination in the County and wider GDA both in response to market conditions and pressure for alternative forms of retailing. It is not proposed to zone additional lands for retail warehousing in Naas Town and Environs including the out of town site under consideration in this submission. There are also be traffic issues in relation to the proposed use of the existing local and national road network in the vicinity of the site and close to the motorway junction..

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

The motion was seconded by Cllr. Heydon.  Cllrs. Murphy and McEvoy opposed the motion on the basis that there was already an adequate supply of retail land and it was unlikely that this land would be developed.  Michael Kenny and the Manager pointed out that this proposal did not meet the sequential test.  The aim of the retail strategies in both the Naas and County Plans was to strengthen and retain retail in and at the edge of the retail core of Naas.  This proposal was out of town and could also lead to traffic problems at the M7 interchange at Newhall.  They said that proposals to carry out improvements at Newhall in future could involve these lands.  Cllr. Murphy asked for a roll call vote to adopt the motion and reject the Manager’s recommendation, the result of which was 2 votes for and 13 against the motion:

 

F. Browne                  against

K. Byrne                     against

W. Callaghan absent

R. Daly                        against

L. Doyle                      against

S. Doyle                     against

S. Griffin                     abstained

M. Heydon                  for

P. Kelly                       against

P. Kennedy                against

S. Langan                  against

A. Lawlor                    for

P. MacNamara          absent

P. McEvoy                  against

J. McGinley                against

M. Miley                      against

S. Moore                    absent

C. Murphy                   against

M. Nolan                     abstained

T. O’Donnell               absent

F. O’Loughlin             absent

C. Purcell                   against

D. Scully                     absent

M. Wall                       absent

B. Weld                      abstained

 

Motion 30 – Cllr. A. Lawlor

 

That we accept submission no. 206 Re lands at Osberstown, Naas

 

Request that the Draft Plan be amended to incorporate an NE1 ‘Industry & Warehousing’ zoning on the subject lands.

 

Manager’s Response - A material contravention (ref 09/838) for a proposed steel processing plant was passed by the Council on the subject site on foot of detailed information regarding the site selection process and requirements of the particular applicant.  The decision to grant planning permission has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala. It would be premature at this stage to zone the lands as requested as the application dealt with a specific type of development and the zoning of this site for Industry and Warehousing would open up the site to other developments that may not be appropriate at this location. There is also more than adequate lands zoned in the Naas and Newbridge plans and in the Environs of both.

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Adjournment for lunch

 

Motion 27 – Cllr. Heydon

 

That this council would reconsider the Manager’s decision in light of the potential for job creation on this site.

Request to zone 18 ha (44.5 acres) of land for ‘Industrial & Warehousing’ purposes to the North-East of Kilcullen

 

Manager’s Response - Lands were previously zoned for Industrial and Warehousing purposes in Kilcullen in the Kildare County Development Plan 2005-2011. The Kilcullen Local Area Plan 2008 subsequently included these lands in the LAP and retained the ‘Industrial and Warehousing’ zoning. This submission effectively requests a significant extension of this zoning at this location. The proposed zoning of additional industrial zoned lands at this location would compromise the delivery of industrial and employment activities at more appropriately zoned locations within Kilcullen, where sufficient lands are available beyond the targeted needs for the plan period. The Draft CDP in sections 5.3.5 and 5.5.1 highlight the current oversupply of zoned land for employment purposes within the county.

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

Cllr. Heydon withdrew his motion on the basis that a small additional amount of land would be allowed if required for future development.  John Lahart indicated that consideration of the request may be considered as part of any planning application for the subject lands and if deemed appropriate would be subject to a material contravention procedure.

 

Motion 28 – Cllr. M. Heydon

That this council would reconsider the Manager’s decision in light of the potential for job creation on this site.

 

Request to zone lands to the east of the village for ‘Enterprise and Employment’

Manager’s Response - It is not considered necessary to extend the Ballitore Village Plan boundary to include and zone the subject lands ‘Enterprise and Employment’. A significant portion of lands on the Glanbia site which are closer to the village centre remain available for development. Furthermore lands are zoned ‘Enterprise and Employment’ in Crookstown which is in close proximity to Ballitore.

Table 5.3 of the Draft CDP sets out the hierarchy of employment centres in the county. Local centres such as Ballitore should cater for local investment and generally small scale industry. There is no justification therefore to zone additional lands in this general location for ‘Enterprise and Employment’ at this time.

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

Cllr. Wall seconded the motion.  John Lahart cautioned the members that there was already more than enough land zoned for employment purposes in the county and in Ballitore also and this proposal could undermine the CDP economic strategy.  A vote was taken and the motion carried by 14 votes to 2.

 

 

Motion 34 – Cllr. B. Weld

 

This submission wishes the council to acknowledge the existing Hotel on site and allow for the expansion of Hotel and Leisure on site. The site is outside the Prosperous Local Area Plan and should be identified in the Prosperous Environment in the County Development Plan, similar to Palmerstown House in the current County Development Plan.

 

Manager’s Response - It is not considered appropriate to zone these lands

for ‘Hotel and Leisure’ purposes in the County Development Plan. The site is located outside the village of Prosperous

Any proposal to extend an existing established use would be considered having regard to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area and may require a material contravention.

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 35 – Cllr. B. Weld

 

A material contravention was granted to the landowners to expand their existing trailer repair business that is in operation pre 1963.

 

Request that the subject lands at Baltracey, Donadea be zoned ‘Industry’.

 

Manager’s Response - A material contravention has been granted to facilitate the existing established use on this site. The proposal to introduce a broad land use category which would cater for a broader range of uses in the rural countryside would be inappropriate having regard to

- its location in the rural countryside where the primary use is deemed agriculture

- its location outside any town or village

- its location on a regional road

- potential traffic impacts

- potential impacts on residential amenities

 

Furthermore chapter 10 (Rural Development) of the draft CDP facilitates rural enterprises in appropriate circumstances subject to proper planning criteria.  It is considered that these criteria are appropriate for the consideration of enterprises in rural locations.

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

John Lahart referred to the decision on An Bórd Pleanála to refuse permission for the retention and completion of a parking area for trailers to the rear of the subject premises at Baltracey, Donadea.  It was agreed to defer consideration of the motion until the ABP decision was circulated.

 

Motion 36 – Cllr. L. Doyle

 

That a specific local objective (SLO) be attached to the lands at Courtown Demesne in the Kilcock Environs to facilitate development of a high order strategic asset of national/ regional importance by way of an amendment to the draft Kildare County Development Plan 2011-2017.

 

Manager’s Response - Kilcock is designated as playing a supporting role to Maynooth and Leixlip/Collinstown (designated as the primary economic growth centres). A significant quantity of this landholding (c. 40.1 Ha/ 99 acres) is already zoned for Enterprise and Employment use under the Kilcock LAP 2009. To zone a further c. 127 Ha/314 acres of land to facilitate development of a high-order strategic asset of national/regional importance, would be contrary to the RPGs economic strategy as set out in Chapter 5 of the Draft CDP and would compromise the delivery of strategic employment activities within the designated towns of Maynooth and Leixlip/ Collinstown.

 

Furthermore, given the nature and location of the site, the existing zoning of the site for Integrated Leisure uses allowing for a hotel, leisure centre, conference centre, tourist accommodation, equestrian centre and associated recreational and leisure uses are considered appropriate in terms of the development of Courtown House and Demesne (a protected structure -  B05-02)

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

There were no other motions in relation to submissions on Chapter 18.  The members agreed with the Manager’s recommendations on submissions on pages 479 to 491, 493 to 515 and on pages 1 to 5 of Volume 1B.  In relation to Submission 249(b) on page 492 Cllr. Lawlor proposed rejecting the Manager’s recommendation and supporting the request to down zone the subject lands.  He was seconded by Cllr. Moore.  John Lahart and the Manager advised the members that they required unique arguments to support this proposal for this land over other lands or their decision could be challenged.  It was agreed to defer this matter to a future meeting.

 

There were no further issues arising from Chapter 18.

 

The members then considered the Agenda for 17/11/10 

 

Motion 1 – Cllr. C. Murphy

 

I don’t accept the Manager’s Recommendation on this. The reality is we are adding traffic calming later which is much too costly (Clane Road, Celbridge, Easton Road, Leixlip are examples).

 

(p) Review of design standards for distributor roads is being sought

(o) Problem of many distributor roads failing to adequately cater for the needs of pedestrians needs to be addressed.

 

Manager’s Response - It is considered that the following response included in the Manager’s Report will continue to apply.

All distributor roads are designed in accordance with the requirements of the National Roads Authority Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. The design of these roads is outside the scope of the Development Plan. The national road standards are being reviewed by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the Department of Transport and following the publication of a new report on these standards required by Kildare County Council will be reviewed.

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

Manager’s recommendation agreed

 

Motion 2 – Cllr. C. Murphy

 

It may be necessary to have a policy for Urban and Rural environments points (d), (e) (h) need to be further considered.

 

(d) Section 6.4.3 – Add

‘(it is the policy of the Council) to encourage additional junctions in urban areas to promote a higher quality environment and to promote permeability of movement’.

(e) Section 6.4.4 – Change from

‘(it is the policy of the Council) to limit direct access onto distributor roads to a number of strategically located junctions’ To encourage additional junctions in urban areas and to bias design in favour of sustainable modes instead of through traffic’.

(h) ST14 Delete ‘investigate the role and use of’ from the sentence ‘To investigate the role and use of lower speed limits in towns and villages

 

Manager’s Response - It is considered that the following responses included in the Manager’s Report will continue to apply.

Objective DR 1 has the aim of facilitating safe and efficient movement of vehicles that do not wish to utilise town centre routes. All distributor roads are constructed with pedestrian and cycle facilities included to ensure a safe environment for same. Keeping accesses onto distributor roads to a minimum will have several effects;

(1) will protect the efficiency and capacity of the distributor road

(2) will reduce the number of locations where turning movements can take place.

(3) will reduce the number of locations where vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists come into potential conflict with one another.

The Council wishes to promote safer junctions and improvements to promote permeability of movement.

 

(d) Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

(e) Manager’s Response – The response to (d) above applies in this instance

 

(e) Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

(h) Manager’s Response - It is considered appropriate to retain objective ST 14 in its current form, as it provides for the ongoing monitoring of speed limits in towns. In many cases the speed limits are already low therefore providing a safe environment for cyclists.

 

(h) Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

Manager’s recommendations agreed

 

Motion 3 – Cllr. C. Murphy

 

Page 124-128

(a)   The wording recommended by the Manager does not fully cover the point, the size and the capacity of an Airport/Aerodrome determines the size of planes that can land/take off there, therefore there are issues in relation to physical planning that are not covered and need to be in the development plan.

(b)   Does not preclude the relocation of the runway into Kildare, a planning application was refused for this on the basis that it was premature pending the review of the County Development Plan. 

(c)   In the case of Weston the Stop way is being used for take off’s the County Development Plan should state that a Stop way is not intended for this purpose as per the most recent Bord Pleanala decision.

(d)   Accept wording

(e)   The section in italics was taken from An Bord Pleanala decision it was a requirement of the permission that this information was supplied.  It is essential to set a baseline because any intensification of use requires planning permission.

 

Manager’s Response - It is considered that the Manager’s Response included in the Manager’s Report caters for items (a) to (b).

 

(a) Manager’s Response

It is not fully correct that ‘the size and capacity of the Aerodrome is determined by the Reference Codes.’ Technically, I.C.A.O. Codes 1–4 refer to the ‘aeroplane reference field length’, and these codes are principally intended [by I.C.A.O.] ‘To provide a simple method for interrelating the numerous specifications concerning the characteristics of aerodromes…’ While Codes 1–4 may broadly indicate an aerodrome’s runway/field length(s), they are ‘not intended [by I.C.A.O.] to be used for determining runway length’ but ‘are related to the aeroplane performance characteristics’ [from Annex 14, para.1.3]

 

(a)  Manager’s Recommendation

To amend Map 6.2 Aerodrome Context Map and to include the following maps in Chapter 6, Map 6.3 Kilrush Aerodrome, Map 6.4 Weston Aerodrome and Map 6.5 Casement Aerodrome. Please find maps enclosed in Appendix 6.1

 

(b) Manager’s Response

Not an issue for the CDP as this a Development / Enforcement issue and also a matter for the IAA. 

 

In its previous ownership in the 1990s, Weston had a paved

runway of 890m (plus a grass runway of 925m), and—taking ~874m of this, plus the additional ~50m “infill” paving recently permitted gives a total runway of 924m.  The OS Aerodrome Chart (June, 2007) defines Weston as having a 924m runway paving. This is therefore the length of runway for Weston accepted by the IAA and for use by pilots.

 

(b) Manager’s Recommendation

Amend section 6.6.4 to read as follows:

‘Weston Aerodrome is located to the south of Leixlip, on lands either side of the boundary between Kildare County Council and South Dublin County Council.  The majority of the Aerodrome, runway and associated infrastructure is located on lands within the South Dublin County Council area.  

 

(c)  Manager’s Response

A Stopway is a physical paving which increases the “Accelerate-stop distance available” [ASDA];

A Clearway (which can be of different/greater length than a Stopway) is not a physical item but is a wide clear airspace which increases the “take-off distance available” [TODA].

 

(c) Manager’s Recommendation

Include the following definitions in section 6.6.2 (Definitions & Terms):

Stopway

A Stopway is a physical paving which increases the “Accelerate-stop distance available” [ASDA];

Clearway

A Clearway (which can be of different/greater length than a Stopway) is not a physical item but is a wide clear airspace which increases the “take-off

distance available” [TODA].

 

(d) Manager’s Response

See response to (a) above.

 

(d) Manager’s Recommendation

See recommendation to (a) above

 

(e) Manager’s Response

Baseline requested is important for aircraft movements is not easily obtainable. This would seem to be outside of the scope of a Development Plan.

 

(e) Manager’s Recommendation

No Change

 

However it is deemed appropriate to amend the manager’s proposal in relation to point (j)

 

(j) Manager’s Response

GA7 Public Safety Zone definition from ‘Public Safety Zones Report for Kildare County Council’ O’Dwyer & Jones Consultants, January 2008 to be included.

 

(j) Manager’s Recommendation

Amend GA7 to include the following definition of PSZs:

 

Public Safety Zones in the vicinity of aerodromes are areas in which development, or certain types of development, may be restricted to provide added safety for persons on the ground. The adoption of Public Safety Zones (in which development is restricted) can have the collateral/added benefit of restricting development in those areas where higher levels of aircraft noise occur. Public Safety Zones (PSZs) are areas to take into account in the preparation of emergency and crash plans in the vicinity of aerodromes. It is important to note that PSZs are not in any way a substitute for the ‘Annex 14’ requirements

 

A lengthy discussion took place in which Cllrs. Murphy, Daly and Kelly called for clarity in the Plan on the length of the runway and baseline movement figures.  Michael Kenny said the policy in relation to Weston Aerodrome had been strengthened in this Plan..  It was inappropriate to discuss enforcement issues at this forum or to include baseline figures which were taken from unreliable sources.  It was agreed that Cllr. Murphy would discuss this matter with Michael Kenny and revert with another motion if appropriate.  In response to questions from the members John Lahart confirmed that the correct title for Kilrush is Aerodrome.

 

Motion 4 – Cllr. P. McEvoy

 

To add the following to 6.4.6

 

PK 4 To seek to provide strategic park and ride facilities along key bus routes and at train stations.

PK 5 To seek to provide car parks for walkers at appropriate access points to amenities, where feasible.

 

Manager’s Response - It is considered that objective GT 4 caters for the provision of strategic park and ride facilities at appropriate locations.

GT 4:   To prepare parking strategies and investigate the appropriate locations for vehicular, bicycle, park and ride facilities within the county. The Council will seek to provide these facilities either on its own or in co-operation with others. The locations of such facilities can be identified where appropriate through the Local Area Plan process or any planning processes / mechanisms. 

It is considered acceptable to include the proposed policy PK 5.

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

Motion 5 – Cllr. P. McEvoy

To amend 6.5.2 ST 2 as indicated with bold text

 

To encourage and facilitate safe walking and cycling routes as a valuable form of transport, as a healthy recreational activity and an alternative to the car.

 

Manager’s Response

Agreed

 

Manager’s Recommendation

To amend ST 2 as follows:

 

To encourage and facilitate safe walking and cycling routes as a valuable form of transport, as a healthy recreational activity and as an alternative to the car.

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 6 – Cllr. P. McEvoy

 

To amend 6.5.2 ST 8 as indicated with bold text

 

To support and encourage the continued development of walking routes throughout the county and to co-operate with relevant organisations and bodies, including walking groups and local communities, in the achievement of this objective

 

Manager’s Response – Agreed

 

Manager’s Recommendation - To amend objective ST 8 of section 6.5.2 as follows: To support and encourage the continued development of walking routes throughout the county and to co-operate with relevant organisations and bodies, including walking groups and local communities, in the achievement of this objective

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 7 – Cllr. P. McEvoy

 

To propose 6.5.2 ST 17 as

 

To investigate the role and use of improved public lighting in towns and villages and their outskirts to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

 

Manager’s Response - It is considered that policy statement TP 7 of section 6.4.1 caters adequately for this. TP 7:       To provide, extend and maintain street lighting on the public road / footpath network throughout the county in accordance with best international practice.

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

Cllr. McEvoy asked that the word “improve” be added to Policy TP7 and this was agreed.

Motion 8 – Cllr. P. McEvoy

To propose 6.5.2 ST 18 as

 

To investigate where appropriate, the use of signage to advise other road users of the need for safe behaviour in the vicinity of pedestrians and cyclists

Manager’s Response - It is considered that objective GT 3 of section 6.5.1 caters for the appropriate treatment of road signage. GT 3:    To improve road, street, town and village signage by undertaking a survey to assess the proliferation, gaps and quality of signage and to develop a policy for the future provision of signage within the county.

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 9 – Cllr. P. McEvoy

 

To propose 6.5.2 ST 19 as

 

To promote walking by continually upgrading the condition of existing footpaths throughout the County, and to provide crossings where warranted at all major crossing points

 

Manager’s Response - It is considered that objective ST 16 of section 6.5.2 caters for the appropriate treatment of footpaths. ST 16: To continue to maintain and expand the footpath and pedestrian route network in the County to provide for accessibility for pedestrians in accordance with the aims of the European Charter of Pedestrians’ Rights (1988). 

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 10 – Cllr. M. Wall

 

Section 6.5.3 RP 9

That the Southern Distributor Route in Athy be a priority for Kildare County Council for the orderly development of the town.

 

Manager’s Response –It is an objective of the Council to build the Southern Distributor Road

RP 9: To preserve free from development the alignment of the Athy Southern Distributor Road. This road will be linked to the M9 link road.

The priority of routes within the county will have regard to statutory procedures and the availability of funding.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

Amend RP9 to include ‘it is an objective of the Council to build the Southern Distributor Road’.

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 11 – Cllr. M. Wall

 

Section 6.5.2 ST 5

That the objective include ‘that a safety audit be carried out at each school within the County to determine the safest route to each school in the interest of health and safety’.

 

Manager’s ResponseAgreed with Modifications

It is considered appropriate to update section 6.2.6 of the plan to reflect the most recent policy guidance. It is also necessary to amend policy ST 5.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

To replace section 6.2.6 of the Draft CDP with the following text:

 

“6.2.6 Green School Initiative (An Taisce)

The Green-Schools Initiative is an international environmental education programme and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole-school action for the environment.  "Green-Schools in Ireland" is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce (FEE member for Ireland), in partnership with Local Authorities throughout the country, and supported by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Department of Transport and The National Transport Authority. Details of the scheme can be found at http://www.greenschoolsireland.org

 

To amend objective ST 5 as follows:

ST 5     To provide for safer routes to schools within the county and to encourage walking and cycling as suitable modes of transport as part of the Green School Initiative Programme and other local traffic management improvements.

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

There were no other motions in relation to submissions on Chapter 6.  The members agreed with the Manager’s recommendations on submissions on pages 115 to 144, 146 to 151.  In relation to submission 350(56) on page 145 it was agreed to use the word “appropriate” in place of the word “designated” in Policy PK3.

 

There were no further issues in relation to chapter 6.

 

Chapter 7 – Water, Drainage & Environmental Services

 

Motions 12 & 13 were taken together

12 – Cllr. McEvoy

 

To reject the proposed amendment to Policy SW 13 (Sect 7.7, Chapter 7) and to retain the existing 20m proximity safeguard against the loss of natural amenity space, long-term risks of flooding, negative pressures on water quality from development and the associated land use, and the complexities associated with long-term maintenance of artificial attenuation schemes and artificial flood barriers.

 

Explanation: Riparian zones have an inherent natural value and are ordinarily attractive settings for development. However, a simplistic reduction to a prudent proximity limit of development is to disregard the negative impact that development typically has on watercourses and the long term risks associated with occupying such spaces. There are complex issues around qualifying and preserving the amenity value, the risks to flooding according to the terrain and the regional drainage policies and the inherent rises in aggregate prices for property insurance due to increased settling in flood prone areas. Until a more qualified policy is developed to reflect the complexity of the issue, the current safeguard should remain.

 

Motion 13 – Cllr. C. Murphy

 

Not happy with recommended change I believe we should leave in 20 or include the “at least” 10 but not generally.  

 

 

(a) Manager’s Response – Agreed with modifications, it is proposed to alter policy statement SW13 proposed in the Manager’s Report with the italic text at the end, see below..

 

(a) Manager’s Recommendation- Edit Policy SW 13 (Section 7.7, Chapter 7)

It is the policy of the Council to ensure that development adjacent to watercourses is set back from the edge of the watercourse to allow access for channel clearing/ maintenance. A set back of 20 10 metres is generally required depending on the width of the watercourse unless otherwise specified – in such case the set back distance can be increased to 20m if deemed appropriate.

 

It was agreed on the proposal of Cllr. Murphy, seconded by Cllr. McEvoy, to insert the words “at least” before 10 metres.  The Manager’s recommendation, as amended, was agreed.

 

There were no other motions in relation to submissions on Chapter 7.  The members agreed with the Manager’s recommendations on submissions on pages 155 to 176.  There were no further issues in relation to chapter 7.

 

Chapter 8 – Energy & Communications

 

Motion 14 – Cllr. T. O’Donnell

 

That a policy objective BE 5 be inserted as follows: 

To ensure that the consideration of an application for a biomass facility in the County is subject to a rigorous assessment of the availability of sufficient combustible materials and the long-term viability of the plant.

ii. That a policy objective BE 6 be inserted as follows: 

To ensure that when permission is granted for a biomass facility in the County, it is strictly conditioned to prohibit a future change of use to an alternative fuel source.

 

Manager’s Response – It is considered that policy statement BE 1 “To facilitate the development of projects that convert biomass to energy subject to proper planning consideration” included in section 8.11.5 Bio Energy of the Draft CDP caters approximately for the planning of biomass developments subject to all relevant planning criteria.  It is not considered necessary to include proposed policy objective BE 6 as any fuels proposed to be used in such a facility will be conditioned as part of the planning application.

 

Recommendation – No change

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 15 – Cllr. C. Murphy

 

(I lifted the motion below from the South Dublin Development Plan Page 137/138) and simply replaced South Dublin with Kildare.  I think this would be a great improvement to what we have included which is much too vague.

 

When evaluating planning applications for the provision of telecommunications installations, the Council will be concerned to ensure the protection of public health and the preservation of residential and visual amenity.  Regard will be had to the Telecommunications Antennae and Support Structures Guidelines for Planning Authorities (1996) and to any other matters considered relevant to the achievement of these objectives.  

In particular, the Council will discourage the location of antennae in residential areas and near schools, and will set down and review standards in this regard from time to time.  In doing so, Kildare County Council wishes to provide the maximum protection for the health and well being of its citizens, and to strike a fair balance between the rights of individual citizens and the general good. 

A minimum distance of approximately 100 metres shall be provided between mobile communication masts/antennae and residential areas/schools/hospitals.  This requirement shall not apply in the case of planning applications relating to sites where planning permission for such development has previously been granted.

The 100m rule in relation to Masts and residential areas, schools and hospitals shall be applicable to all Masts regardless of previous temporary grants of permission, whilst providing for a three year period to all companies who currently have structures within the 100m zone to source alternative sites. 

 

Managers Response

Any emissions from telecommunication installation (which could give rise to these health
concerns) are monitored by the communications regulator who is the competent authority and is independent of the planning system.

Chapter 8 of the Draft Plan includes policies (listed below) which seek to preserve residential amenity and the visual impact of communications infrastructure particularly in sensitive locations.

 

It is not considered appropriate to apply a restriction on the distance from masts to residential areas / schools / hospitals as the policies included in section 8.12.1 of the Draft CDP provide for the appropriate management of Communications infrastructure in line with the Departments Guidelines Telecommunications Antennae and Support Structures Guidelines for Planning Authorities (1996).

 

 

TP 6:   To achieve a balance between facilitating the provision of telecommunications infrastructure in the interests of social and economic progress, and sustaining residential amenity and environmental quality. 

TP 8:   To minimise the number of masts and their visual impact on the environment, by continuing to facilitate appropriate development in a clustered manner, where feasible, respecting the scale, character and sensitivities of the local landscape, whilst recognising the need for economic activity within the county.  It will be a requirement for applicants to satisfy the Planning Authority that a reasonable effort has been made to share installations.  In situations where it is not possible to share a support structure, applicants should be encouraged to share a site or to locate adjacently so that masts and antennae may be clustered.

TP 9:   To minimise the provision of overground masts and antennae within the following areas: 

o       Areas of high amenity / sensitive landscape areas (refer to Chapter 14)

o       Areas within or adjoining the curtilage of protected structures

o       On or within the setting of archaeological sites.  

 

Recommendation

No change

 

A discussion took place during which John Lahart said that imposing a 100m distance would hamper telecoms development and be over restrictive.  He agreed however to import some of the 1996 Guidelines into the Plan without using an absolute criterion of 100m. 

 

Motion 16 – Cllr. C. Murphy

 

(a) Proximity to School

  • Co. Dublin has increased the distance from 100 to 200 metres
  • In Co. Kerry, the acceptable distance is 1,000 metres
  • At present, Leitrim Co. Co. is asking The Minister for the Environment to establish 500 metres as an acceptable distance.

In relation to proximity to schools it may be necessary to include distances.

 

Manager’s Response – The response to motion 15 above applies in this instance.

 

Recommendation – The recommendation to motion 15 above applies in this instance.

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 17 – Cllr. Murphy

(b) The plan does not state a preference for fibre-optic cabling in built up / residential areas. This was a stated goal of government and should be included in the Plan. 

 

Manager’s Response

It is considered that policies TP1, TP2 and TP3 of section 8.12.1 of the Draft CDP Telecommunications Polices cater for the development of appropriate and new and innovative communications infrastructure and technologies in the County which is hoped will lead to improved broadband and similar technologies and act as an economic driver for the County.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

No change

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed. 

 

Motion 18 – Cllr. C. Murphy

 

(c) This plan does not take into account the government guidelines which limits the number of antennae to 14 per mast.

 

Manager’s Response – It is unclear as to which guidelines the motion relates however Class 31 (h) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 permit up to 12 antennae on a structure under exempt development subject to specific criteria.

It considered that the desired approach in relation to the number of antennae on telecommunication masts is that shared installations where possible are the most sustainable methods. TP 8 of the Draft CDP ensures this and reads as follows:

To minimise the number of masts and their visual impact on the environment, by continuing to facilitate appropriate development in a clustered manner, where feasible, respecting the scale, character and sensitivities of the local landscape, whilst recognising the need for economic activity within the county.  It will be a requirement for applicants to satisfy the Planning Authority that a reasonable effort has been made to share installations.  In situations where it is not possible to share a support structure, applicants should be encouraged to share a site or to locate adjacently so that masts and antennae may be clustered.

Recommendation – No change

The manager’s recommendation was agreed.

Motion 19 – Cllr. C. Murphy

(d) The issue of retrospection is also important.  Should a location be approved under this plan and subsequent research prove that the distance is inappropriate, the plan should provide a means of recourse to correct the problem.

Manager’s Response - It is considered that TP 10 of the Draft CDP caters appropriately for this issue.

TP 10: To generally restrict planning permission for telecommunications infrastructure and support structures to a temporary period of not more than five years.

Recommendation –No change

Cllr. Murphy raised the issue of provision for changes to this policy in the event of new scientific findings in this area and it was agreed to defer the motion to a future date to resolve this issue.

Motion 20 – Cllr. C. Murphy

(f)  The plan does not deal with different types of signals such as WiMAX and Tetra plus the emergence of digital television which will expand the amount of information being transmitted by microwave. 

 

Manager’s Response - It is not considered that the various types of signal is a planning issue, however the Draft CDP includes relevant policies in relation to the appropriate development of the signal transmitting infrastructure.

 

Recommendation – No change

The manager’s recommendation was agreed including the proposal that elements of the 1996 guidelines be incorporated into the policy.

 

There were no other motions in relation to submissions on Chapter 8.  The members agreed with the Manager’s recommendations on submissions on pages 179 to 189.  There were no further issues in relation to chapter 8.

 

Chapter 11 – Social, Community & Cultural Development

 

Motion 21 – Cllr. C. Murphy

 

Include a policy providing for a Natural Woodland Cemetery or Cemeteries within County Kildare similar to that being developed by Wexford.  (Environment SPC agreed to seek this talk to Joe Boland)

 

Manager’s Response - The following policies and objectives in the Draft CDP relate to the provisions of cemeteries in the county;

 

11.14.10         Burial Grounds

It is the policy of the Council:

BG 1:  To protect the cultural heritage of historical burial grounds within the county and to encourage their management and maintenance in accordance with conservation principles.

 

BG 2:  To provide or assist in the provision of burial grounds and extensions to existing burial grounds at appropriate locations throughout the county.

 

Section 11.15, Objective SCO11

It is an objective of the Council:

To explore the feasibility of the provision of a regional-type burial ground, including crematoria at two locations as follows;

(i)                 North-east of the county

(ii)               Centre of the county’

 

These policies and objectives are not specific in terms of the built nature of the facilities as proper feasibility study would be required to inform the inclusion of an appropriately worded written policy.

 

It is considered that the policies outlined above, do not preclude the provision of ‘Natural Woodland Cemeteries’. 

 

Further consideration of this policy is a matter for the Environment SPC.

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

It was agreed on the proposal of Cllr. Murphy to add the following words to Objective SCO11: “To explore the feasibility of the provision of a regional-type burial ground, including a natural wood cemetery subject to a site specific feasibility study as follows…..”

 

The Manager’s recommendation as amended was agreed.

 

Motion 22 – Cllr. C. Murphy

 

Don’t agree with Manager’s Recommendation seeking for inclusion of text that was sought.

 

(r) To reword SCO4 as follows;

 ‘To preserve demesne landscapes that may become available, adjoining towns and villages throughout the county as amenity lands which will encourage a range of recreational and amenity activities as appropriate, and to develop additional open areas as required that will cater for both active and passive recreation’. 

 

Manager’s Response - The response in the Manager’s Report continues to apply.

Objective SCO4 (Section 11.15) states that ‘it is an objective of the Council to develop open spaces throughout the county which will encourage a range of recreational and amenity activities that will cater for both active and passive recreation'.

This objective covers all open spaces throughout the county, including demesne landscapes and other potential landscapes that can be developed for recreational and amenity purposes (e.g. riverside lands, woodlands, etc). It is also considered that not all demesne landscapes will be appropriate for recreational use in terms of location and type.  The wording of the existing policy is therefore considered sufficient.

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 23 – Cllr. C. Murphy

 

Agree with An Taisce that the plan should be amended to include a “Sustainability Statement & Social Infrastructure Audit” (SSSIA) to be required to be submitted with all planning applications for development. 

 

Manager’s Response - The need for a comprehensive and county specific SIA is recognised by the inclusion of the following policy in section 11.14.1 of the CDP:

C3: To carry out a review of the SIA process to assist in the implementation of policy C2 (the policy which sets out the requirement for an SIA) above.

This review shall include the assessment of best practice and an assessment of the needs for county Kildare. This will allow for an appropriately comprehensive guide to the preparation of SSSIA to be submitted with large planning applications in accordance with the policy.

 

Manager’s Recommendation – No change

 

The members agreed with the Manager’s recommendation.

 

There were no other motions in relation to submissions on Chapter 11.  The members agreed with the Manager’s recommendations on submissions on pages 235 to 245.  There were no further issues in relation to chapter 11.

 

Chapter 13 – Natural Heritage/Biodiversity

 

Motion 53 – Cllr. McEvoy

 

That in 13.8.7 Geology – AH 8 is amended as per the bold text below:

 

To encourage and promote, subject to reasonable conservational restrictions, and when not in conflict with ownership rights, access to geological and geomorphologic features identified in the County Development Plan

Manager’s Response:

Not agreed. It is unclear as to what “reasonable conservational restrictions” would entail.

Many geological sites identified in the County development Plan are within private property and it is not feasible to promote public access.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

No change

 

The Manager’s Recommendation was agreed.

 

There were no other motions in relation to submissions on Chapter 13. The members agreed with the Manager’s recommendations on submissions on pages 347 to 352, 354 to 364, submission 213(c) in volume 1B. In relation to Submission 50 on page 353, the set back is 10m as previously agreed.  In relation to Submission 132(ii) in Volume 1B, it was agreed on the proposal of Cllr. Murphy to add the words “within the lifetime of the Plan” to policy LV2.  There were no other issues in relation to Chapter 13 of the Draft Plan.

 

Chapter 14 Landscape, Recreation & Amenities.

Motion 54 Cllrs Byrne, MacNamara, Purcell and McGinley 

In accordance with Section 14 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 Kildare County Council hereby includes in its Development Plan a provision relating to the preservation of a specific right of way, namely from Castletown Gates at the entrance to Castletown Estate through Castletown Estate by the riverside and exiting from the Estate at Batty Langley Lodge to Leixlip.

 

Deferred

 

Motion 55 Cllrs Byrne, MacNamara, Purcell and McGinley 

That the boundary of the area to be protected in Map Ref. 12.10, Castletown - Donaghcumper, be extended to include the whole of the Donaghcumper Demesne. ( See Appendices 12.6a and 12.6b)

Deferred

 

Motion 58 Cllr C Murphy 

Disagree with Manager’s recommendation

 

Deferred

 

Motion 59 Cllr C Murphy 

Requesting the wording as suggested by OPW to be included 

Deferred

 

Motion 56 Cllr. McEvoy

That section 14.7.5 Water Corridors be amended with the following policy objectives:

 

A ‘Identify and provide linkages along and between river and canal corridors within Kildare and adjoining counties to create interconnected routes and develop riverside parks and create linkages between them to form “necklace” effect routes including development of walkways and cycleway’.

B ‘Require that development along rivers set aside land for pedestrian routes that could be linked to the broader area and any established settlements in their vicinity’.

C ‘In considering development proposals the provision of increased public access will be factored in’.

D ‘Prepare a Waterways Corridor Study of the main rivers (specify) in conjunction with adjoining counties (where appropriate)’.

Explanation:

Note - GDA Guidelines – 7.7 – Box 11 – 6th pt. 

 

(a) Manager’s Response

Not agreed. It is considered that the following policies and objective adequately address the motion

Section 14.12

RAO1: To facilitate the provision of a variety of amenities within the county, including natural amenities, walking routes, cycling routes, and sports facilities.

OS 4:  To develop and improve physical linkages and connections between the network of open spaces.

In section 14.11.3-Open Space

OS 1:  To implement the recommendations of the Kildare Open Space Strategy, when adopted, and make provision for a hierarchy of parks, open spaces and outdoor recreation areas within town and villages so that the population can participate in a wide range of active and passive recreational pursuits within easy reach of their homes and places of work.

Included in this strategy is the table listed as table 14.8 in the County Development Plan. This table identifies a hierarchy of open space in the county which includes linear green spaces such as the canal and river corridors.

 

Manager’s Recommendation:

 The preparation of Waterways corridor studies should be considered in the context of the review of the Heritage Plan.

 

The Manager’s Recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 57 Cllr. O’Donnell

That an additional entry is included in section 14.4.11 as follows:

 

Developers must also provide an Irish language translation of the proposed name.

 

Manager’s Response

Agreed


Manager’s Recommendation

Amend 19.4.11 of the CDP to include the following sentence:

‘Developers shall provide an Irish language translation of the proposed name’.

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 60 Cllr. Murphy

Disagree with Manager’s recommendation

 

Original submissions

(j) The Plan needs to clearly state the section of the Valley to which the Special Area Amenity Order should be extended to. A time-frame for advancing that initiative should also be specified.

 

(g) Section 14.11.7

Request that a Special Amenity Area Order be prepared for the Liffey Valley in County Kildare#

 

(ll) To reword LV1 in Section 14.11.7 to read as follows:

LV 1: To progress the creation of a Liffey Valley Regional Park together with  Fingal and South Dublin County Councils by ensuring that  lands adjoining the River Liffey including Donaghcumper and St. Wolstan’s demesnes in Celbridge, are preserved free from development.

 

Manager’s Response

Section 14.7.5 identifies the proposed area for the extension of the Special amenity Area Order (SAAO) for the Liffey Valley within County Kildare.

 

With regard to the request for a time-frame for the advancement of the SAAO initiative it is not considered reasonable to include such a time-frame in the Plan as, objectives listed in the Draft CDP are envisaged to be carried out during the life of the Plan, depending on financial and staffing resources.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

No change

 

In reply to a question from Cllr. Murphy, John Lahart indicated that an SAAO may be made by resolution of the Council or following a Direction of the Minister for the Environment Heritage and Local Government. Following public consultation the Order is submitted to An Bord Pleanala for consideration. The Board may confirm the Order with or without modifications, or refuse to confirm it.

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 61 Cllr. McEvoy

That 14.7.1 General Landscape Policies – LA 6 is amended as per the bold text below:

 

To preserve, where possible, the open character of commonage and other open land and will secure access thereto

 

Manager’s Response

Not Agreed. It is considered that the policy LA6 in section 14.7.1 adequately addresses this motion.

 

LA 6:   To preserve, where permissible, the open character of commonage.

 

It is not the function of the Development Plan to secure access to private lands. Commonage does not confer public access.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 62 Cllr. McEvoy

That 14.11.1 – Policies - CR 3 is amended as per the bold text below:

 

Manager’s Response

Agreed.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

Change Policy CR3 in section 14.11.1 to

 

To develop and implement a County Walking Strategy, in consultation with statutory bodies, walking clubs, community groups and landowners, and in accordance with recommendations of County Kildare Walking Routes Project, 2005. This strategy will seek to identify established walking routes in the county, evaluate these routes and make recommendations for their promotion

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 63 Cllr. McEvoy

That 14.11.1 – Policies - CR 5 is amended as per the bold text below:

 

To investigate the possibility of developing long distance walking routes along disused sections of roads, railway lines (Tullow line) and canals in the County (Corbally Line, Blackwood Feeder, and Mountmellick Line)

Manager’s Response

Agreed.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

Change Policy CR5 in section 14.11.1 to

 

To investigate the possibility of developing long distance walking routes along disused sections of roads, railway lines (e.g. Tullow line) and canals in the County (Corbally Line, Blackwood Feeder, and Mountmellick Line)

In response to a question from Cllr. Lawlor, Bridget Loughlin said an application has already been made to the Heritage Council for funding for a pilot project on the Tullow line.

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 64 Cllr. McEvoy

That 14.11.1 – Policies - CR 9 is amended as per the bold text below:

 

To promote the expansion of cycle facilities throughout the county and to liaise with Failte Ireland, the Sports Council, the National Transportation Authority and other

bodies in the development of cycling touring routes throughout the county and adjoining counties, in particular in areas of high amenity

Manager’s Response

Agreed.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

Change Policy CR9 in section 14.11.1 to

 

To promote the expansion of cycle facilities throughout the county and to liaise with Failte Ireland, the Sports Council, the National Transportation Authority and other

bodies in the development of cycling touring routes throughout the county and adjoining counties, in particular in areas of high amenity

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

Motion 65 Cllr. McEvoy

That an additional policy be included in Chapter 14, as:

‘Walking/Cycle Routes should be signposted/waymarked.

 

Note - In page 146 of Manager’s Report (jj) the Manager’s Response states ‘Sensitively designed signage will accompany the development or upgrade of any walking or cycling routes in the County’, yet the recommendation is ‘No change”.

 

Manager’s Response

Agreed.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

To include the following policy in section 14.11.1 (Countryside Recreation)

 

CR 10: To investigate the possibility of providing appropriately designed quality signage for walking and cycling routes throughout the County.

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

Motion 66 Cllr. McEvoy

That an additional policy be included in Chapter 14, as:

 

Where possible, new walkways and cycle routes should be established on a legal and permanent basis

 

Manager’s Response

It is considered that objective ST 2 and ST 8 of chapter 6 Movement and Transport caters for the development of walking and cycling routes in the county.

ST 2:   To encourage and facilitate safe walking and cycling routes as a valuable form of transport, alternative to the car. 

 

ST 8:   To support and encourage the continued development of walking routes throughout the county and to co-operate with relevant organisations and bodies in the achievement of this objective.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

No change 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 67 Cllr. McEvoy

That an additional policy be included in Chapter 14, as:

 

The Council shall support the provision of cycle and canal tracks as appropriate in accordance with the principles of proper planning

Manager’s Response

It is considered that objective ST 2 of chapter 6 Movement and Transport (listed above) caters for this.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

No change

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 68 Cllr. McEvoy

That an additional policy be included in Chapter 14, as:

 

Long-distance walking routes as well as loop and local walks are an important recreational resource and where possible, should be protected and where potential routes exist they should be protected and enhanced

 

Manager’s Response

It is considered that objective ST 8 of chapter 6 Movement and Transport (listed above) caters for this.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

No change

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 69 Cllr. McEvoy

That 14.11.2 Rights of Way – RW 1 be deleted and replaced with the following:

 

To preserve, protect, promote and improve for the common good, existing rights of way which contribute to general amenity, particularly those which provide access to archaeological sites and National Monuments and amenities, including upland areas and water corridors, and to create new ones or extend existing ones where appropriate either by agreement with landowners or through the use of compulsory powers, without adversely affecting landscape conservation interests

Manager’s Response

Agreed.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

Change Policy RW1 in section 14.11.2 to

 

To preserve, protect, promote and improve for the common good, existing rights of way which contribute to general amenity, particularly those which provide access to archaeological sites and National Monuments and amenities, including upland areas and water corridors, and to create new ones or extend existing ones where appropriate either by agreement with landowners or through the use of compulsory powers, without adversely affecting landscape conservation interests

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 70 Cllr. McEvoy

That 14.11.2 Rights of Way – RW 3 is amended as per the bold text below:

 

To identify existing Rights of Way and walking routes prior to any new planting, new infrastructural development and any new energy / telecommunications, or golf course developments 

 

Manager’s Response

Agreed.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

Change Policy RW3 in section 14.11.2 to

 

To identify existing Rights of Way and walking routes prior to any new planting, new infrastructural development and any new energy / telecommunications, or golf course developments 

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 71 Cllr. McEvoy

To propose 14.11.2 Rights of Way – RW 4:

 

That in line with provisions of the 2010 Planning and Development (Amendment) Act, that Kildare County Council commences a process to list the public rights of way in the county and to prepare for these to be included in a variation of the County Development Plan. The list will be accompanied by detailed maps showing the actual routes and the appropriate signage will be put in place

Deferred 

 

Motion 72 Cllr. McEvoy

To propose in 14.11.4 - Access to Natural Amenities

 

To include a preamble:

The Council recognizes the significance of Natural Amenities as a major resource for visitors and local people and will support and promote public access to mountains, rivers, lakes and other natural amenities

 

Manager’s Response

Agreed with modifications. This section would be more appropriate in Section 14.10.3 Countryside Recreation.

 

Manager’s Recommendation

Agree with modifications. Include additional paragraph in section 14.10.3

 

The Council recognises the significance of Natural Amenities as a major resource for visitors and local people.

Include additional policy in section 14.11.1

 

It is a policy of the Council to support and promote public access to upland areas, rivers, lakes and other natural amenities which do not endanger the conservation of such natural amenities.

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

Motion 73 Cllr. McEvoy

To propose in 14.12 – Recreation and Amenity that an additional objective is included:

 

To explore the possibility of a cycle lane along the banks of the Liffey Valley Parkland from Kildare to Dublin

 

Manager’s response

 

Section 14.11. includes polices which relate to Liffey Valley Park

LV 1:  To progress the implementation of the flagship projects identified in the Towards a Liffey Valley Park Strategy.

LV 2:  To pursue the creation of a Liffey Valley Regional Park together with Fingal and South Dublin County Councils.

 

The development of cycling routes shall be considered in the implementation of these policies.  

 

Manager’s Recommendation

No change

 

The Manager’s recommendation was agreed.

 

There were no other motions in relation to submissions on Chapter 14. The members agreed with the Manager’s recommendations on submissions on pages 367 to 407.  It was agreed to defer sub. 69 in Volume 1B.  There were no other issues in relation to Chapter 14.

 

 

Proposed deletion of Fuller’s Court, Ballitore from Kildare RPS

 

This item was deferred to the meeting on 24/11/10 to be taken first.

 

Next Meeting

 

It was agreed to adjourn the remainder of the business to a further meeting on 24/11/10 at 10am and to continue with the business after 5pm if necessary.  If there is still outstanding business to be conducted, it was agreed to meet on the morning of 29th November.

 

This concluded the business of the meeting.