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Variations to Athy Town Development Plan

KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

NOTICE OF PROPOSED VARIATION NO. 1

ATHY TOWN DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2012-2018

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 13 of the Planning & Development Acts 2000 to 2015 that Kildare County Council, being the planning authority for Athy, proposes to make a variation to the Athy Town Development Plan 2012 – 2018.

The proposed variations seek to: realign the route of the Southern Distributor Road to accord with the preferred route selected and rename the route ‘Athy Distributor Road’ in the Athy Town Development Plan; remove the Northern Distributor Road Study Corridor from the Athy Plan; remove sections of the New Town Street that cross the River Barrow from the Athy Plan; and revise the policy in relation to a pedestrian/cyclist bridge over the River Barrow in the Athy Plan to one of carrying out a feasibility study in relation to this proposal.

The reasons for the proposed variation are:

1.             To provide clarity in relation to the specific intentions of Kildare County Council in relation to a Distributor Road for Athy, and

2.             To ensure consistency with the Kildare County Council Development Plan 2011 – 2017 for which notice of a proposed variation has been given pursuant to section 13 of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2015.

Kildare County Council has undertaken a Strategic Environmental Assessment Determination in accordance with Article 13K of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 – 2015 which determines that Proposed Variation No. 1 to the Athy Town Development Plan 2012 – 2018 is not likely to have significant effects on the environment.

Kildare County Council has undertaken Appropriate Assessment Screening under Section 177V Part XAB of the Planning and Development Act 2001 – 2015 which concludes in view of best scientific knowledge that Proposed Variation No. 1 to the Athy Town Development Plan 2012 – 2018 individually or in combination with another plan or project is not likely to have a significant effect on a European site taking into account the conservation objectives of any site and that there is no doubt or uncertainty in this regard. 

A copy of the Proposed Variation No. 1 to the Athy Town Development Plan 2012 – 2018, together with the Strategic Environmental Assessment Determination and the Appropriate Assessment Screening Report may be inspected from 17 August 2016 to 5 p.m. on 14 September 2016 at the following locations:

  • Kildare County Council Offices, Aras Chill Dara, Naas, Co. Kildare (during office hours).
  • Athy Municipal District Office, Rathstewart, Athy (during opening hours).
  • Athy Town Branch Library, Emily Square, Athy, Co. Kildare (during opening hours).

The variation can also be viewed or downloaded on the Council website www.kildarecountycouncil.ie.  

Written submissions or observations with respect to Proposed Variation No. 1 may be made to Kildare County Council on or before 5 p.m. on 14 September 2016  

  • In writing to Veronica Cooke, Administrative Officer, Planning Department, Kildare County Council, Aras Chill Dara, Naas, Co. Kildare, Or
  • By email tolapsubmissions@kildarecoco.ie 

Written submissions or observations made before the stated closing date and time and to the specified postal and email address will be taken into consideration before the making of the variation.  Written submissions or observations should include your name and a contact address and, where relevant, details of any organisation, community group or company etc. which you represent.

Please make your submission by one medium only i.e. in hard copy or email.

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