Deficiencies in wastewater treatment plant cited in planning refusal for Kenmare campervan site

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Deficiencies in the wastewater treatment plant have been cited in a planning refusal for a campervan site in Kenmare.

Kerry County Council had granted planning permission for a new motorhome park at Reenagappul, Kenmare in September of last year.

However, the decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The proposed development consisted of a 10-motorhome park, access roads, parking facilities, a reception area and associated amenities.

The applicant, Martin Arthur, had also sought planning to connect to public services in the area.

Colm Murphy of Claddanure, Kenmare appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála, citing overloading issues with the wastewater treatment system in Kenmare and existing traffic congestion on Market Street.

In response, the applicant said motorhomes put less pressure on wastewater services than dwellings.

An Bord Pleanála refused permission for the motorhome park; it said the proposed development would be premature due to the existing deficiencies in the Kenmare Wastewater Treatment plant.

It added the absence of a Natura Impact Statement precludes the board from granting permission.

An Environmental Protection Agency report undertaken in July last year showed the plant was “significantly overloaded” and was struggling to deal with the volume of wastewater.

Following this, Irish Water said it intended to lodge a planning application to upgrade the Kenmare Wastewater Treatment Plant early in 2019.