Tuesday 17 January 2017

Paul Melia: Careful examination of infrastructure projects needed

Published 28/10/2015 | 02:30

Bord Na Mona Edenderry Power Station in Co Offaly
Bord Na Mona Edenderry Power Station in Co Offaly

The High Court decision relating to Edenderry is the second major judgment in a year which impacts on large-scale infrastructure projects.

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A view now appears to be taken that the overall impact of a development on the environment must be taken into account when permission is being sought, and not just concerns about the project at the centre of the planning application.

This is noted in two recent cases - the High Court decision yesterday whereby it was ruled that the environmental impact of extending the lifespan of a power station did not just centre on the station itself, but also the impact of harvesting peat to power that station, and the climate emissions that would arise.

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