The oral hearing into the proposed South Kerry Greenway has heard a number of CPO objections have been withdrawn.
Kerry County Council decided to acquire the lands needed by compulsory purchase order, following failure to secure agreement over the years with nearly 200 landowners along the 32-kilometre route from Glenbeigh to Renard.
The oral hearing began this morning in Manor West Hotel, Tralee.
Opening the oral hearing, An Bord Pleanála inspector Karla McBride said 122 submissions were received on the proposed greenway, 68 on the compulsory purchase order and 13 in relation to publications of further information.
However, a number of objections to the CPO have been withdrawn.
She said the agenda for this week will focus on the greenway application, while the CPO will be discussed next week.
The inspector said that, following the oral hearing, she’ll make one of three recommendations: approve the CPO, approve it with modifications, or refuse it.
The proposed route comprises 222 holdings, 160 of which are agricultural holdings, with 197 landowners in total.
Senior Executive Engineer with Kerry County Council – and Project Manager for the scheme – Conor Culloo said there are specific needs for the greenway, including ongoing population loss and economic and social decline.
Kerry County Council’s opening submission is due to finish this afternoon, with observers – including the IFA and local public representatives – beginning their submissions in the coming days.