Council has ‘very  serious concerns’ regarding Roadstone plans

Council has ‘very serious concerns’ regarding Roadstone plans

By Maurice Garvey

THE planning authority of South Dublin County Council has “very serious concerns” regarding the visual impact of a proposed development at Roadstone Limited, and have requested additional information.

In August, Roadstone lodged a new planning application to retain service operations at its Belgard Quarry in Tallaght.

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In the plans, council planners say the applicant has not demonstrated existing berms and boundary treatments are sufficient to ensure adequate screening of structures and storage mounds it is proposed to retain.

The council have requested Roadstone to submit detailed plans to ensure full screening of machinery and/or relocation within the site.

Photomontages are also requested with particular attention to approach roads around the site.

Aspects of the application are “visually very bland” according to council planners, who have also requested fully detailed landscape plans with full specification.

Proposals by Roadstone include the retention of the quarry control office and garage (1835 sq m), five storage portacabins, a spare parts storage area (2445 sq m), maintenance shed (1177.7 sq m), and a car park with 30 spaces.

The plans also include retention for two weighbridges, a quarry fuelling station, truck parking area, a security station and multiple perimeter screening berms.

Proposals also include an internal access road (285m long) to the outer ring road entrance/exit gate, pedestrian gates, footpaths, paladin fencing, lamp-posts, relocation of entrance to C&D recovery site permitted under a previous planning application and all ancillary site works, internal roads and landscape planting.

Formed through a merger in 1970 of leading Irish public companies, Cement Limited and Roadstone, CRH employ 89,000 people worldwide.

Global building material giant CRH saw its turnover soar by 25 per cent in the year to a whopping €23.6 billion in 2015, putting it comfortably ahead of Microsoft and in first place on Ireland’s Top 1000 companies list.

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