Killarney National Park access road and car park given go ahead

An Bord Pleanala have upheld a decision to grant permission for a public access road and car park in Killarney National Park. An Bord Pleanala The green light was given to the National Parks and Wildlife Service by Kerry County Council in January last year. The development includes a 1.2 kilometre road close to the western shore of Lough Leane and the northern slope of Tomies Mountain and a 28 space car park. There were objections lodged to An Bord Pleanala from An Taisce, Lakes & Rivers of Kerry Salmon and Trout Conservation & Protection Association and Friends of the Irish Environment and a number of local people. An observation was received from Killarney Nature Conservation Group. Among the concerns raised were a risk of flooding and pollution from the development. The site was inspected by Michael Dillon from An Bord Pleanala in April last year. Earlier this week the parties were informed the planning appeals board had upheld Kerry County Council’s decision to give the go ahead. This is subject to five conditions including that the developer shall facilitate the preservation, recording and protection of archaeological materials or features that may exist within the site.