Irish Water has submitted a planning application for the €3 million Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme.
The plans for the long-awaited project involve a new pumping station and infrastructure to connect Kilcummin to the Killarney Wastewater Network at Derreen.
The delay in the scheme has led to hold-ups in improving the Killarney Kilcummin road, and to planning permission being refused for houses.
Irish Water says the Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme will ensure the local environment is protected by improving the quality of groundwater, and facilitating the improvement of the quality of water in the River Deenagh and Lough Leane.
It’ll also allow for future residential and commercial development in the area.
A planning application has now been lodged with Kerry County Council for the €3 million project, which includes a new pumping station, a holding tank, and an access road.
The application also involves the construction of a gravity sewer crossing of the River Deenagh within Killarney National Park.
A Natura Impact Statement on potential impacts on the Killarney National Park, Macgillycuddy Reeks and Caragh River Catchment Special Area of Conservation is included in the planning submission, which can be viewed at the council’s offices or website.
A decision should be made on the case in the coming weeks.