Councillor Mark Dearey has welcomed An Bord Pleanala's ruling on a decision by Louth County Council which overturns the granting of permission to reopen the old quarry at Ballymakellet in Ravensdale.
The Board notes that in granting permission last year, Louth CC contravened the County Development plan which designates the quarry as a Site of Geological Interest and a proposed Natural Heritage Area(Policy HER 8)
" I welcome the fact that the the reopening of the quarry will not now go ahead. Louth County Council by granting permission to the developers in contravention of its own Development Plan, has caused unnecessary stress and expense on many people living in Ravensdale and indeed on the applicant who could have been told at a much earlier stage that this quarry was a proposed NHA.
“It's not the first time that the Board has overturned a decision of the Council to grant a permission because of a provision within our own Development Plans. I will be seeking a debate on the matter at a Council meeting in the near future."