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  • N2 Slane Bypass Refused

    An Bord Pleanala has refused permission for the N2 Slane Bypass Road Scheme.  The proposed bypass followed a route to the east of Slane Village and measured approximately 3.5 kilometres.  It included a bridge over the River Boyne  approximately 1 kilometre to the east of the existing N2 Slane Bridge.  The Board acknowledged the traffic concerns at Slane Village but refused permission for two reasons.  The first reason related to the  fact that that alternatives to a bypass had not been adequately explored and in this context, the Board considers that the proposed development would have a detrimental impact on the rural character, landscape setting, cultural amenity and archaeological heritage of the Brú na Bóinne archaeological complex, and would be contrary to the heritage protection provisions of the Development Plan. The second reason was that the proposed development of a bypass at Slane would tend to undermine public investment in the existing strategic road network, and would have negative implications for the quality of the environment and road safety along the N2 route.

    The Board also noted that the possibility of a traffic management solution (principally a ban on heavy commercial vehicles), as an alternative means of addressing the severe traffic concerns in the village of Slane, formed the basis for extensive submissions and discussion at the oral hearing.  Whilst the Board has no role in developing regional transport policy or in implementing traffic management systems the Board concluded that traffic management alternatives might align well with the principles of proper planning and sustainable development, and ought to be given further consideration.

    Published on March 30, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions, Uncategorized; Tagged as: ,
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