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Slane bypass plans rejected by An Bord Pleanála

An Bord Pleanála said that the bypass would have ben too close to the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Boyne Valley.

Newgrange at Brú na Bóinne in Meath
Newgrange at Brú na Bóinne in Meath
Image: Barbara y Eugenio via Flickr/Creative Commons

AN BORD PLEANÁLA has refused planning permission for a major bypass of the N2 road in Slane Co Meath.

The move has been welcomed by An Taisce which praised the decision for being “eminently logical” and said that it will protect an important part of Irish national heritage.

An Bord Pleanála noted that the road would be located close to the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe, and ruled that the development of the road could only proceed if it were demonstrated that all other alternative options had been explored.

The planning body ruled today that that it was not satisfied that alternatives to a bypass have been adequately explored.

It said that the proposed development would have a detrimental impact on the rural character, landscape setting, cultural amenity and archaeological heritage of the site.

An Bord Pleanála also said that it believed the bypass could undermine public investment in the existing road network by building another motorway when two already exist in Meath. The report said that it  would have negative implications for the environment and road safety along the N2.

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