A Strategic Housing Development application for a major development of 413 homes at Carcur overlooking the Slaney estuary, has been turned down by An Bord Pleanala due to concerns over the risk of flooding.
The application by William Neville and Sons for 175 houses and 238 apartments in four seven-storey blocks, together with two creche facilities, a retail unit and 769 car parking spaces, on the former Cement Roadstone Holdings (CRH) site, was refused by the board.
The planning application fee cost €79,651.60.
An Bord Pleanála's decision was largely based on concerns about flooding, with parts of the 34-acre development site situated in a flood-risk zone.
It ruled that insufficient information was provided in the Environmental Impact Assessment submitted with the application, to show that measures to drain surface water, would adequately minimise flood risk to people and properties in the proposed development, or to show that the residual flood risk could be managed to an acceptable level.
The planning department of Wexford County Council had raised concerns in relation to the unacceptability of the proposed method of surface water reduction.
In making its ruling, the board stated: 'It is considered that the information contained in the EIA Report does not fully idenify and describe the extensive infill works and groundworks that are proposed in order to deal with the issue of flood risk.....and accordingly, it is considered that the board cannot be satisfied that the proposed development would not have significant adverse effects on the environment.'
An Taisce, the heritage trust, objected on the grounds that the plan did not contain sufficient measures to ensure that there is no impact on the adjoining Natura 2000 sites (Slaney River Valley SAC and Wexford Harbour and Slobs SPA) in the estuary, with noise and disturbance from construction having the potential to affect the habitats of wildlife.
The Faythe Harriers GAA Club also made a submission, stating that the access for construction vehicles through the existing quarry entrance would have an unacceptble impact on the club due to disruption and traffic hazard, especially for underage members.
The Carcur project was one of the first applications from the Wexford electoral area to come before An Bord Pleanála under the new Strategic Housing Developments planning legislation, designed to fast-tract housing schemes of more than 100 units.