Part VIII Planning Application - Father Browne Avenue - Pedestrian and Cycle infrastructure upgrade works
LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACT 2000 (as amended)
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS 2001 (as amended)
Notice of Proposed Development by Laois County Council
In accordance with Part XI, Section 179 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and Part VIII, Articles 80 & 81 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended), Laois County Council hereby gives notice of its intention to carry out the following development:
Nature of Development
Father Browne Avenue, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Laois County Council intends to construct an off-road style pedestrian and cycle route beginning from the entrance of Clonminam Industrial estate and terminating at the roundabout on the N77 Abbeyleix road. The scheme aims to provide continuity to the existing cycle network from the Mountrath Road to the school campuses on the Southern Circular Road.
The principal aim of the proposed development is to support and promote more sustainable forms of transport and to enhance permeability and accessibility in and around Portlaoise Town Centre. The proposed development is specifically targeted to support and promote a safe cycling and walking culture in the urban environment whilst bringing additional amenity value to the town.
Details of Construction are as follows:
Modification of the existing road layout to include the construction of a 1.8m wide footpaths, 1.5m wide Cycle path with associated ancillary works including stone based foundation layers, removal of central islands, bituminous surface course, hedge cutting, public lighting, line marking, signage, kerbing, landscaping works and any other ancillary works required to deliver the project.
Laois County Council has prepared an EIA Screening Report in accordance with the requirements of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended). The EIA Screening Report has determined that there is no likelihood of significant effects on the environment (Article 120 of Planning and Development Regulations, amended 2018). Accordingly, it has been determined that an EIA is not required in respect of this proposed development.
Any person may, from 26th July 2022 to 07th September 2022 inclusive, apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the development would be likely to have significant effects on the environment.
From 26th July 2022 to 07th September 2022 inclusive, plans and particulars of the proposed development are available for viewing and inspection as follows;
- on Laois County Council’s online consultation portal at https://consult.laois.ie.
- by appointment only at the offices of Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, JFL Avenue, Portlaoise from 26th July 2022 to 07th September 2022 inclusive. Appointments must be arranged in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting 057 8664000.
Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and the sustainable development of the area in which the development is to be situated, may be made online at https://consult.laois.ie before 5.00 p.m. on 21st September 2022.
Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and the sustainable development of the area in which the development is to be situated, may also be made in writing to: Simon Walton, Director of Services, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co. Laois to be received not later than 5.00 p.m. on 21st September 2022. Submissions should be clearly marked: Father Browne Avenue Cycle Infrastructure Upgrade Works – Part VIII Submission
Note 1: Only submissions made in the above manner will be considered as valid submissions for the purposes of the Chief Executive’s Report that will be presented to Council.
Note 2: The Council is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. If you consider that any of the information supplied by you is either commercially sensitive or confidential in nature, this should be highlighted and the reasons for its sensitivity specified. In such cases, the relevant material will, in response to FOI requests, be examined in light of exemptions provided for in the FOI Act.
Director of Services.