Week four of South Kerry Greenway oral hearing to begin today

An application by Kerry County Council to acquire the lands needed for the proposed South Kerry Greenway through Compulsory Purchase Order is being examined this week.
An Bord Pleanala is beginning its fourth and final week of an oral hearing on the proposed scheme at the Manor West Hotel, Tralee this morning.
Kerry County Council is seeking permission to construct a 32-kilometre walk and cycleway from Glenbeigh to Renard; it is also seeking approval for a Compulsory Purchase Order for the lands needed.
An Bord Pleanala has split this oral hearing into two modules.
Inspector Karla McBride spent three weeks on the first module examining the greenway development itself.
This included environmental and economic concerns along the proposed route.
Evidence was heard about protected species such the Kerry slug, lesser horseshoe bat and the plant St Patrick’s cabbage.
This week, the more controversial aspect of the proposal, the CPO, will be examined.
Inspector McBride said An Bord Pleanala is particularly interested in how the proposed project will impact on landowners.
Kerry County Council says it had no choice to apply for the CPO for the over 220 parcels of land needed, as years of negotiation failed to get consensus with all of the almost 180 landowners involved.
The hearing is due to resume at 10 o’clock.