02 Dec 2021

An Bord Pleanála's decision on Barrow Blueway 'imminent' and expected in coming days

This is a huge decision for Carlow

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Appeal to An Bord Pleanála

An Bord Pleanála's decision on the controversial Barrow Blueway is "imminent" and is expected in the coming days, Carlow Live understands. 

For the past 12 months, the proposal for a 115km leisure route along the Barrow Track - spread across three counties - has been with ABP following separate appeals by Waterways Ireland and objectors to the proposal. 

Planning permission for the project was refused by Carlow County Council in February of last year on the basis of serious concerns about the proposed compacted stone and dust surface within a flood zone as well as the potential ecological impact. 

Local authorities in Kildare and Laois granted planning permission for the project, which was subsequently appealed to ABP by the Save the Barrow Line group. 

It is expected that the decision of all of the Barrow Blueway appeals will be published at the same time later this week. 

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