Current Public Consultations 2020


From time to time, Waterford City & County Council asks for the public's input and opinion on proposed developments in Waterford. Different projects and plans may have periods of public consultation, during which members of the public can make observations on proposed developments or can contribute ideas to proposed projects.

Projects regarding which the public's opinion/consultation is currently requsted are listed below:


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Proposed Nuclear Power Station at Sizewell C, Suffolk, England, UK

CONSULTATION TYPE: TRANSBOUNDARY ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC CONSULTATION
CONSULTATION END DATE: 28th October 2020

  • Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government notice regarding this proposed development
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    In accordance with the provisions of the 1991 United Nations Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (“the Espoo Convention”), the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government received notification from the UK Planning Inspectorate (“PINS”) in relation to a development consent application (“the planning application”) by NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited for a proposed Nuclear Power Station at Sizewell C, Suffolk, England, UK. The proposed development includes two UK European Pressurised Reactor UK EPR™ reactor units, giving a total output capacity of approximately 3,340MW, along with associated development required for the construction or operation of the Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station or to mitigate its potential impacts.

    The Sizewell C Project comprises the main nuclear power station facility and associated developments in order to facilitate construction and operation of the nuclear power station including;

    • Off-shore cooling water infrastructure and other marine works
    • Temporary construction areas and the relocation, demolition and replacement of certain existing ancillary facilities associated with the operational Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station
    • A number of associated development works away from the main site which are required to facilitate construction or operation, including;
      • Two temporary park-and-ride sites to manage additional traffic generated by the construction workforce
      • Permanent road bypasses, link roads and highway improvements to alleviate traffic and mitigate potential effects on road safety during construction and operation
      • Temporary freight management facilities during construction
      • Temporary and permanent extensions and improvements to existing railway infrastructure

    Construction of the new nuclear power station is anticipated to last for 9 to 12 years and the proposed development has an operational design life of 60 years.

    The proposed development has been identified as a project within the scope of paragraph 2 of Appendix 1 to the Espoo Convention as implemented by the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (“the EIA Regulations”) (UK legislation).

    Consequently, the Secretary of State has twice screened the proposal, once at pre-application stage and a second time on receipt of the application. The screening determination on both occasions is that the proposed development is not likely to have significant adverse transboundary effects on the environment in this State. However, the Secretary of State decided to notify Ireland as if the development is likely to have significant adverse transboundary effects on the environment in this State, as provided for in Article 3(1) of the Espoo Convention. The screening assessment is available at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/document/EN010012-002271

    A member of the public may make a written submission or observations in relation to the potential transboundary environmental effects of the project, by sending them to his or her local planning authority, to be received by close of business on Wednesday 28 October 2020 at the latest. Submissions or observations should not be made to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

    Contact details for each planning authority are set out in the public consultation notice, which is available to view in the public consultation section of the website of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government at www.housing.gov.ie. Correspondence from the UK’s PINS, digital copies of extracts from the applicant’s Environmental Statement; associated documents and links provided by the UK’s PINS to the full Environmental Statement and all other documentation relating to the development consent application for the proposed development.

    The public consultation notice is also available to view in the office of the Planning Section of each planning authority nationwide during office hours together with a printed copy of the correspondence from the UK’s PINS inviting Ireland to undertake a transboundary consultation under the Espoo Convention; extracts from the applicant’s Environmental Statement and associated documents that appear to be most relevant for the purpose of the consultation. A copy of these documents is available for inspection, or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, during office hours at the office of each planning authority nationwide.

    Due to social distancing measures introduced in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, viewing may be by appointment only in certain local authority offices. It is strongly advised to contact your local authority to clarify the position in this regard before travelling to view the documentation.

    All documentation related to the development consent application for the proposed development is also available to view on the website of the UK’s PINs, including any additional information accepted by the UK’s PINS at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/Eastern/The-Sizewell-C-Project/

    Due to the voluminous nature of an application for development at this scale, the Applicant has also produced a ‘Navigation Document’, summarising the structure of the application for development consent for the Proposed Development. This document is available from: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/document/EN010012-001619

    In the interests of transparency, it should be noted that, following consultation with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, each planning authority will forward to the UK’s PINS all submissions or observations it receives through this public consultation, and may also forward a summary of the submissions or observations. Submissions or observations received, or a summary of same, may be published on the website of the planning authority concerned or on a website of the UK’s PINS. The DHPLG will not publish any submissions or observations or summary of same.


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    Proposed Footpath Development at Quarry Road, Waterford

    CONSULTATION TYPE: SUBMISSIONS / OBSERVATIONS ACCEPTED
    CONSULTATION END DATE: 12th October 2020

    PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT ACT 2000 (as amended), PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, 2001 (as amended), ARTICLE 81 OF PART 8 OF THE PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS 2001 (as amended).

    In accordance with Article 81 of Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended), notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council proposes to carry out the following development: Proposed Quarry Road Footpath

    Quarry Road requires a new footpath from existing housing estate at Bowefield to link up with Knockhouse Road in order to give pedestrian connectivity to the estate. With current built houses and approved planning developments there will be approximately 175 houses here in the coming years. The main advantage to this project will be the provision of a safe access/egress for pedestrians from Bowefield and other housing developments in this area. It will also provide a link for pedestrians to the City centre which is currently absent due to lack of road width.

    In accordance with Section 250 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 as amended, the Council has carried out an appropriate assessment screening and has determined that there “is no potential for significant effects on the Conservation Objectives for the River Suir SAC. No further assessments required”. In accordance with Article 120 of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 as amended, the Council has carried out an EIA screening and has determined that an EIAR is not required. Any person may, within 4 weeks from the date of this notice, apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the proposed development would be likely to have significant effects on the environment.

    Due to Covid 19 restrictions plans and particulars of the proposed development will not be available for inspection in our public offices but can be accessed anytime online at www.waterfordcouncil.ie for the period Tuesday 1st September, 2020 to Monday 28th September 2020 inclusive.

    A copy of the plans and particulars can also be requested by contacting Aideen Jacob on 0761 102020 or by email at the address below. Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the proposed development would be situated, may be made in writing, to Aideen Jacob, Administrative Officer, Roads & Transportation Department, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford or by emailing ajacob@waterfordcouncil.ie before 4p.m. on Monday 12th October, 2020.

    All comments, including names of those making comments, submitted to the Council in regard to this process may form part of the statutorily required report to be presented at a meeting of the elected members. Accordingly, they may appear in the public domain

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  • Quarry Road Location
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    EXTINGUISHMENT OF PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY - PIER HEAD ROAD, FERRYBANK, WATERFORD

    CONSULTATION TYPE: SUBMISSIONS / OBSERVATIONS ACCEPTED
    CONSULTATION END DATE: 21st September, 2020

    Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council in pursuance of its function under Section 73 of the Roads Act 1993, proposes as local authority for the administrative area of the County of Waterford, to make an order that the public right of way as set out in the attached drawing shall be extinguished. The public right of way to be extinguished refers to a distance of approximately 83m to a section of Pier Head Road which extends in a north to south direction from the northern side of the level crossing of the Waterford to Rosslare railway line to the end of the former pier which is now incorporated in the Frank Cassin Wharf as indicated on the attached drawing. The public right of way is being extinguished to reflect the non-use of this section of Pier Head Road in recent decades.

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the drawing will not be on public display in Council offices. However a copy of the drawing indicating the public right of way to be extinguished may be inspected from Tuesday 11th August, 2020 to Monday 7th September, 2020 below or alternatively a copy of the drawing can also be provided free of charge by email or post by contacting Aideen Jacob, Administrative Officer, contact details below.

    Objections or representations regarding the proposed extinguishment may be made in writing to Aideen Jacob, Administrative Officer, Roads Department, Waterford City & County Council, The Mall, Waterford or by email to ajacob@waterfordcouncil.ie to arrive no later than 4.00pm on Monday 21st September, 2020. Any person making an objection may also make a request in writing to state their case at an oral hearing which may be conducted, if deemed appropriate, by Waterford City and County Council.

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  • Drawing of area concerned