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  • Biomass Fuel Manufacturing Facility Granted Permission in Co. Meath

    An Bord Pleanala have upheld the decision of Meath County Council to grant permission for a facility to manufacture biofuels (wood and energy crops) and a combined heat and power plant at Balrath Demense in County Meath, approximately 3 kilometres south west of Kells.source: www.publicdomainpictures.net

    A similar application was only recently refused by the Board.  However, the Board’s direction stated that whilst permission was being refused because of the inadequacies of the county road serving the existing facility, the proposed facility might justify an exemption to the usual restrictions on providing new entrances onto national roads in light of national policy on the development of alternative energy resources.

    The An Bord Pleanala Inspector did not accept the applicant’s view that the proposed development was strategic but concluded that an exemption from the general restriction on the provision of new junctions on national roads outside the 50kph speed limit zone was warranted.  The Inspector arrived at this conclusion having regard to the contribution towards national policy objectives; the requirement for an extensive outdoor area to store timber on the site and the limited amount of employment and the design standards achieved in the proposed new access to the N52 national secondary road.

    An Bord Pleanala granted permission subject to 12 conditions, noting, inter alia, the current agri-industrial activities on the landholding, its proximity to the national road network and availability of a connection to the national electricity grid.

    Published on October 17, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Green Energy, Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions, Rural Planning; Tagged as: , ,
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