Approval given for Whitechurch Stream Flood Alleviation Scheme

by Rachel Darcy

South Dublin County Council have announced that An Bord Pleanala have given planning permission for a flood alleviation scheme.

Planning approval has been granted under Section 177AE of the Planning and Development Act 2000 for the Whitechurch Stream Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The works will be carried out on the stream between St Enda’s Park and its confluence to the Owendoher River at Ballyboden Road.

As part of the project, it is expected that SDCC will build new walls or reinforce existing ones, remove or replace low-level bridges, improve the riverbank and will also install debris traps and trash screens.

In addition to this, there will also be tree planting and landscaping, as well as the removal of some trees and vegetation to accommodate the works.

In a statement, SDCC said: “The scheme when fully developed will not only provide fluvial flooding protection for up to 50 local residential and business properties in a 1 in 100 year flood event, but will enhance the riverside experience for pedestrians and create a high quality, safe and functional environment.”

Approval was granted with conditions, including ensuring that all machinery used is throughly cleaned and washed to prevent the spread of pathogens and hazardous invasive species to the locality, that replacement trees are semi-mature native species, and to ensure that two artificial Otter holts are provided.

More information can be found at the Whitechurch Flood Alleviation Scheme website here.

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