N16 Lugatober Road Development

COMHAIRLE CHONTAE SHLIGIGH

SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL

N16 LUGATOBER (DRUMKILSELLAGH TO LUGNAGALL) PROPOSED ROAD DEVELOPMENT, 2019

Application for Approval to An Bord Pleanála

SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL (hereinafter referred to as “the Road Authority”) has applied under section 51(2) (as amended) to An Bord Pleanála (‘the Board’) for approval in relation to a proposed road development comprising inter-alia:

  • Circa 2.54km of realignment to the existing N16 National Primary Route (c. 0.79km online and c. 1.75km offline);
  • Junction Improvements including:
    • One At Grade Roundabout;
    • Six Simple T Junctions, including two Right/Left Staggered T Junctions;
  • Circa 1.5km of realignment to the existing local road network (tie-in works);
  • Three Direct Access connections to the National Primary network;
  • Circa 1.5km of Vulnerable Road Users (Unsegregated cycle and pedestrian) tracks located predominately with the mainline verge space, interlinking as necessary with alternative offline routes;
  • One Vulnerable Road Users Subway underpass;
  • One River/Stream Clear Span Structure;
  • Culverts and associated diversions of existing minor watercourses and drainage ditches;
  • All the necessary drainage works associated with the Proposed Road Development;
  • The diversion of services and utilities;
  • Earthworks operations;
  • One no. steepened cut side slope in the townland of Lugatober;
  • One no. Soil Repository/Borrow Pit;
  • Environmental mitigation works;
  • The other consequential construction works necessary in order to complete the project.

The Physical Characteristics of the Proposed Road Development are contained within the townlands of Drumkilsellagh, Doonally (ED Drumcliff East), Castlegal (ED Glencar), Drum East, Lugatober (occurring predominately within), Collinsford and Lugnagall.

The works in question are illustrated on the map below.

N16 Lugatober Roadworks Map

The Road Authority has submitted to the Board the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (formerly Environmental Impact Statement) prepared in accordance with Section 50 of the Roads Act, 1993 (as amended) and in accordance with the Directive 2011/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU of the European Parliament of the Council of 16 April 2014, in respect of the proposed road development.

The Road Authority has prepared a Natura Impact Statement in respect of the proposed road development which has also been submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

A copy of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (formerly Environmental Impact Statement) and the Natura Impact Statement may be inspected at the following locations between the hours of 9.30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.30 pm on Mondays to Fridays (bank holidays excluded) from Wednesday the 20th February 2019, to Wednesday the 10th of April 2019 (inclusive of both dates) at the offices of:

Sligo County Council, County Hall, Riverside, Sligo, F91 Y763;

TII National Roads Project Office, Sligo County Council, Business Centre, Market Yard, Sligo, F91 WV7R;

The Environmental Impact Assessment Report (formerly Environmental Impact Statement) and/or the Natura Impact Statement are available for purchase from Sligo County Council, TII National Road Project Office, Business Centre, Market Yard, Sligo, F91 WV7R.   The Environmental Impact Assessment Report (formerly Environmental Impact Statement) (full text) may be purchased on payment of a fee of €30.   The Natura Impact Statement may be purchased on payment of a fee of €10 and the Environmental Impact Assessment Report Non Technical summary may be purchased on payment of a fee of €5.  Copies of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (formerly Environmental Impact Statement) and/or the Natura Impact Statement are also available on CD for purchase on payment of a fee of €5.  

The full Environmental Impact Assessment Report (formerly Environmental Impact Statement) and the Natura Impact Statement can also be downloaded free of charge from the links provided below:

The Board may, in relation to an application for approval under Section 51 of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended), by Order, approve the proposed road development or any part thereof with or without conditions or modifications or it may refuse such development.

Submissions may be made in writing to the Board at its address at The Strategic Infrastructure Development Section, An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902 in relation to:-

  • the likely effects on the environment of the proposed road development;
  • the implications of the proposed development for proper and sustainable development in the area in which it is proposed to situate the proposed road development; and
  • the likely significant effects of the proposed road development on a European site;

so as to reach An Bord Pleanála before 5.30pm on Wednesday the 10th of April 2019 accompanied by the appropriate fee (if applicable).

In exercise of the powers conferred on An Bord Pleanála under Section 144 (1) of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended by Section 27 of the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006, a fee of €50 must be paid in respect of any observations/submissions made to An Bord Pleanála in respect of any local authority strategic infrastructure development application.  This fee will not apply to prescribed bodies, or to the owner, occupier or other person with a legal interest in land which is the subject of an application to compulsory acquire that land or part of that land (as the application for compulsory acquisition is to be considered by the Board together with the application for approval).  Further information on fees can be obtained from An Bord Pleanála at the above address.

Any enquiries relating to the application process should be directed to the Strategic Infrastructure Development Section of An Bord Pleanála (Telephone 01 8588100).

A person may question the validity of any such decision of the Board by way of an application for judicial review, under order 84 of the Rule of the Superior Courts (S.I. No. 15 of 1986, as amended by S.I. No. 691 of 2011), in accordance with Section 50 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 as amended.

Practical Information on the review mechanism can be accessed on the Boards website (www.pleanala.ie) under the following heading:

Information on cases / Weekly lists – Judicial Review of Planning Decisions

This information is also available on the Citizens Information Service website www.citizensinformation.ie.

  

Compulsory Acquisition of Land

SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL (hereinafter referred to as “the Local Authority”) have made an Order entitled as above which is about to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála (hereafter “the Board”) for confirmation.   If confirmed, the order will authorise the Local Authority to acquire compulsorily the land described in the Schedule Part 1 and to acquire temporarily the land described in the Schedule Part 2 hereto for the purposes of providing a road development consisting of the construction of the N16 Lugatober (Drumkilsellagh to Lugnagall) Road Development and all ancillary works associated therewith (which have already been described above).

Owners, lessees and occupiers of the land described in the Schedule Part 1 and Part 2 will receive individual written notice.  The order will also authorise the Local Authority to extinguish the public and private rights of way described in the Schedule Part 3 thereto, by order made by them after they have acquired the land,where the said rights of way are over the land so acquired or any part thereof, or over land adjacent to or associated with the land so acquired or any part thereof.  Any objections to the extinguishing of the said rights of way should be made in writing to The Strategic Infrastructure Development Section, An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902 before 5.30pm on Wednesday the 10th of April 2019.

Any objections to the compulsory acquisition of land described in the Schedule Part 1 and Part 2 should be made in writing to The Strategic Infrastructure Development Section, An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902 to be received no later than 5.30pm on Wednesday the 10th of April 2019

The Board cannot confirm –

  1. a compulsory purchase order in respect of the land if an objection is made in respect of the acquisition by an owner, lessee or occupier of the land, and not withdrawn,
  2. the extinguishment of a private right of way or an order which authorises the extinguishment of a public right of way if there is an objection to the extinguishment, which is not withdrawn,

until it has considered the objection.  Having regard to the provisions of Section 218 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended), the Board may, at its absolute discretion, hold an oral hearing in relation to the matter.

Before making its decision on an application to confirm the Compulsory Purchase Order, the Board must consider any objection made and not withdrawn, any additional submissions or observations made pursuant to a request by the Board under Section 217A of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 to 2018, and any report of the person who held the oral hearing if such an oral hearing takes place.

A copy of the Compulsory Purchase Order and the maps referred to therein as well as the EIAR and NIS may be inspected at the offices of:

Sligo County Council, County Hall, Riverside, Sligo, F91 Y763;

TII National Roads Project Office, Sligo County Council, Business Centre, Market Yard, Sligo, F91 WV7R;

between the hours of 9.30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.30 pm on Mondays to Fridays (bank holidays excluded) from Wednesday the 20th February 2019, to Wednesday the 10th of April 2019 (inclusive of both dates).

Further information in relation to the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (formerly Environmental Impact Statement), the Natura Impact Statement and the Compulsory Purchase Order can be sought from Fergus Meehan (A/Senior Executive Engineer), or Barry Ruane (Executive Engineer) at:

TII National Roads Project Office,
Sligo County Council,
Business Centre,
Market Yard,
Sligo,
F91 WV7R.

Telephone: 071 9111975 & 071 9111982

Email: n16lr@sligococo.ie

Dated this 19th day of February  2019.

 

Signed:

Tom Kilfeather,
Director of Services,
Directorate of Infrastructural Services,
Sligo County Council.
County Buildings,
Riverside,
Sligo.