AN Bord Pleanala are the only body which can now prevent the development of a town centre at Donaghcumper, former Kildare North TD, and Labour party candidate, Emmet Stagg, has said.
In a statement, Mr Stagg expressed his disappointment at the decision by Minister of State, Damien English, T.D, to confirm his draft direction in relation to the lands at Donaghcumper, Celbridge, and, by so doing, changing the zoning of the lands from Strategic Open Space to Town Centre.
Mr Stagg said: “It is extremely disappointing for Celbridge Action Alliance and the 2,300 members of the public who opposed the Minister's original draft direction stated Mr. Stagg. What is the point in having a Public Consultation if the expressed view of the public and local councillors is going to be overridden by the Minister and his Department.”
Mr Stagg went on to say that a judicial review of the decision could be taken but that is very costly and can only be taken in relation to the process involved in how the decision was taken, not the actual decision itself. “In reality An Bord Pleanala are the only body who can now prevent the development of the Town Centre proposal for Donaghcumper. An Bord Pleanala adjudicated previously on a proposal to develop 108 houses at the eastern portion of the site and on a separate planning application for the provision of roads and services infrastructure to facilitate the development of the Town Centre site now zoned by the Minister. Both of these planning applications were rejected by An Bord Pleanala.”
In conclusion Mr Stagg said: “Whenever an application is lodged for the town centre area we will have to show how development will adversely affect Donaghcumper and Castletown Demesnes and how it will impact significantly on the environmental sensitivities associated with the historic landscape and the River Liffey. Whilst I have disagreed with many past decisions of An Bord Pleanala they might just do the right thing by the people of Celbridge.”