Plans for a new open storage area at Greenore Port have been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála.
Last October Louth County Council granted conditional planning permission to Greenore Port Ltd for the development at land to the north of Panpak in the village.
However an appeal was subsequently lodged against the decision by local Euston Street resident Michael Stephen O’Hara, who argued that no port masterplan had been submitted in relation to the application as per the County Development Principals: EDE14 and TC41.
He also claimed it was an inefficient use of land and argued that there was insufficient consideration for heritage when the decision was made. Concerns were also raised over the visual aspect of the development, flood risk and climate change and noise in an area with various protected structures. Similar appeals were also lodged by both Laurence K Lennan and the Greenore Residents Tidy Town Ltd.
Greenore Port Unlimited had sought the green light for an open plan storage area of approximately 1.4 hectares for the storage of steel and port related cargoes. As part of these works there would be a new left-in only entrance off the R175 to serve the proposed open storage area and adjacent open storage areas.
The proposed works would comprise two stages, firstly the stripping of topsoil (c.200m) and construction of a berm (minimum 2,000m) along the eastern and western boundaries and the construction of the new left-in only entrance. This would be followed by other ancillary site development works including hard surfacing (maximum depth 400mm), lighting and landscape works.
In making their decision the Board completed an Appropriate Assessment Screening and found that the proposed development “would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity, would not significantly impact on the Greenore Village Architectural Conservation Area, nor the settings of nearby Protected Structures, and would not lead to a risk of flooding or give rise to a traffic hazard.”
They therefore granted permission subject to 11 conditions being met.