Irish Water to apply for permission for long-awaited Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme

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Irish Water is to apply for planning permission to develop the long-awaited Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme.

The delay in the scheme has led to hold-ups in improving the Killarney Kilcummin road, and to planning permission being refused for houses.

Kerry Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae has welcomed the announcement.
The Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme was originally given the go ahead in 2007; a contractor was selected but a problem developed and the funding was pulled.

Irish Water is now applying for planning permission for a wastewater pumping station with access road, an emergency overflow from the pumping station, and a gravity sewer, all at Clashnagarrane, Kilcummin and Derreen, Killarney.

A Natura Impact Statement on potential impacts will form part of the planning application, as the sites are within a Special Area of Conservation.

The planning application can be viewed at county council’s planning office in Tralee, and submissions or observations can be made in the next five weeks.

In December, An Bord Pleanala refused permission for 33 houses due to there being no timeline at the time for the scheme.

The sewerage scheme has also delayed the development of a section of the Killarney Kilcummin road.