An Bord Pleanala has upheld Kildare County Council's decision to refuse permission for turf cutting and peat extraction for domestic use at Coolree Bog
The Minister for the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht applied for planning permission, including ancillary works, in respect of 4.6 hectares of the raised bog, which is in the townlands of Coolree & Blackwood, Robertstown.
Kildare County Council refused permission in Decemeber, and the Minister appealed.
An Bord Pleanala has also refused permission.
In so doing, it says it took in to account the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, National Peatlands Strategy (2015) and the bogland policies of the Kildare County Development Plan, 2017-2023,
Proposed Development, as published by An Bord Pleanala "Turf cutting and peat extraction for domestic peat fuel supply from a raised bog area of 4.6hectares. The proposed development will include the following enabling and ancillary works: levelling of part of raised bog to create nine numberspread grounds; construction of five numberfloating road entrances from private roadway into spread grounds area including one numberturning area; creation of new facebank and facebank drain; provision of new drainage channels around spread grounds to connect to existing central drain; backfilling, cleaning and deepening of existing drains where necessary; construction of piped culverts at drain crossings; provision of a new silt pond of 225cubic metres with newpost and wire fencing and gate;provision of a new outlet pipe to discharge from silt pond to boundary drain; and provision of temporary construction compound of approximately 900cubic metres.The proposed development will also use a machinery access route from L1019 along access trackvia/adjacent to Blackwood Feeder to northwest of site. The proposed development will take place on an overall site of 11.43hectares. The planning application includes a Natura Impact Statement, at Coolree Bog,in the townlands of Coolree andBlackwood,Robertstown,Naas, CountyKildare
An Bord Pleanala's Inspectors report is available here
An Bord Pleanala's order is available here
An Bord Pleanala's board direction is available here