Calls by Indaver Ireland to re-open the An Bord Pleanala 2009 Oral Hearing into the Ringaskiddy incinerator expose Indavers total disregard for proper planning.
An Bord Pleanala’s June 2011 ruling to refuse planning for Indavers Incinerator proposal was made on four grounds*, three of which were firmly site related, with the fourth relating to the incompatibility with Waste Management Plans.
Continuing to force the project when the site that has been ruled too small, shows Indavers contempt for the Irish planning system.
The Community is very unimpressed that Indaver are prepared to push on despite being told by the Bord that the site is too small, and that their mitigation measures to deal with Road Flooding and Coastal Erosion (which they were given several chances to re-present) are not adequate.
The Bord held an Oral Hearing in 2009, and after several additional information requests and subsequent submisions from Indaver, made a decision to refuse planning in June 2011.
The Bord, correctly, dealt with the material presented in the original submission, and facilitated the inclusion of further material presented by Indaver during the hearing, along with additional information which the Bord requested from Indaver after the hearing had closed. The Bord made a decision based largely on site unsuitability after assessing all of this information.
Indaver were given every opportunity to deal with site related matters at the Oral Hearing, and they failed to do so in a manner that satisfied the Bord.
If Indaver wish at this stage to have further information included, they need to make a new planning application.
*The board’s four grounds for refusal are in summary:
- County Waste Plans: The Board is not satisfied that the development would be compatible with the Waste Management Strategy for the region or the Waste Management Plan for County Cork, 2004.
- Site too Small, injury to amenities: The development would constitute overdevelopment of the site and would seriously injure the amenities of the area and of property in the vicinity, and would not be in accordance with proper planning and sustainable development of the area.
- Road Flood Risk Mitigation Measures Inadequate: The road serving the site is at risk of flooding and the Boards is not satisfied that the impacts of these measures have been fully described and assessed and that there is certainty in terms of their implementation and responsibility for same.
- Coastal Erosion Mitigation Measures Inadequate : On the basis of evidence put forward, the site might be at risk of coastal erosion in the future, and the Board is not satisfied that submission contains sufficient information in relation to implementation of such coastal protection measures and the impact of these works, including on other nearby property.