Leixlip mast permission sees An Bord Pleanala overrule its own inspector

BORD Pleanala has over ruled its own inspector and granted planning permission for a controversial mast at the ESB site in Leixlip.

BORD Pleanala has over ruled its own inspector and granted planning permission for a controversial mast at the ESB site in Leixlip.

The board decision, made on 19 July, following a refusal by Kildare County Council has been criticised.

The decision, not yet published on pleanala.ie, is said to have been based on national strategic planning.

Kildare North TD, Catherine Murphy said she was very disappointed with the decision. “There are other sites in the town where this could have been put,” she said.

Local resident John Weigel, who had made a submission on the appeal said the decision means people were led “down a self-destructive path by vested interests and by individuals in positions of trust”.

He added: “The decision by An Board Pleanala to allow retention of the communications mast on Main Street is a cynical exercise on the part of government, the ESB and the operators of the other systems using the mast. So arrogant, in fat that addition equipment was added / changed while the matter was under appeal.

And Mr. Weigel told the Leader: “There is absolutely no credible reason why the mast can not be moved to the other side of the Liffey where it should have been located in the first place. It is particularly relevant that An Bord Pleanala chose to act against the advice of it’s own inspector who recommended to refuse permission.

- Henry Bauress