Plan for burial ground rejected

by Gazette Reporter

A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a cemetery to be located in Calliaghstown, Rathcoole, has been rejected by An Bord Pleanala.
Local residents had voiced concerns and successfully objected to the proposal for the cemetery when planning permission was first sought.
The council upheld the concerns of locals and refused permission for the project, but the developers later appealed their decision to An Bord Pleanala. Locals again made detailed submissions on the proposal and highlighted their apprehensions locally.
Their concerns were taken into account by An Bord Pleanala, which this week have refused permission for the cemetery in what Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald (FG) has described as “a victory for the people of Rathcoole”.
“The scenic surrounds of Rathcoole are, unfortunately, often the setting for inappropriate planning applications. Together with residents in Rathcoole Village and Windmill Hill we are currently fighting plans for a waste processing facility at Behans Quarry, and the people of Calliaghstown have been fighting against this proposed cemetery for a number of years,” she said. “A cemetery at this location would have been very concerning for the area and had the potential to have detrimental consequences on this water supply. The cemetery was to be situated on a hill above the water supply and in a very strong limestone area. This had the potential for huge consequences on the local  water  supply.”
Fitzgerald’s party colleague, cllr Tony Delaney, said the decision was the right one for  the area.
“The refusal of permission for this development is the right decision for the area.
“The minor roads in the surrounding area are in poor condition and for the most part very narrow. These roads would be incapable of handling traffic associated with funerals which could pose serious safety hazards.
“There was much concern locally also regarding potential health risks of the opening  up of a cemetery in land near waterbeds,” said Cllr Delaney.
Minister Fitzgerald concluded: “We all believed that this was not in the best interests of either the local environment or residents and I am glad that the Council recognised that.”

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