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New cemetery refused over traffic fears

A NEW Dublin graveyard has been refused planning permission because it would "endanger public safety".

The development near the scenic village of Rathcoole has been turned down because of public safety concerns due to the traffic hazard that would be created by the cemetery.

The majority of the 1,922 burial plots at Calliaghstown Lower, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, were set to be situated within the main burial ground.

The proposal also provided for 120 Islamic plots which were separated from the main burial ground.

Apart from the cemetery, a single-storey management building and the provision of car-parking spaces were also included in the application.

A planning inspector visited the site, and he recommended that planning permission be refused.

He said in his report that the "proposed development would endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard".

Deficient

The Bord Pleanala members said planning permission for the development was being refused because the site access was served "by a public road that is deficient in terms of width and horizontal alignment".

"Furthermore, it is considered that the restricted sightlines available at the proposed entrance are not suitable for the volume and intensity of traffic associated with a cemetery."

It took into account the volume and nature of the funeral corteges that would be generated.

It was considered that the proposed development "would conflict with the free flow of traffic on the public road, and would endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard and obstruction of road users".

Minister for Children and local Fine Gael politician Frances Fitzgerald described it as a "victory for the people of Rathcoole".

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Dublin, after a long appeals process, An Bord Pleanala has granted permission for a cemetery with more than 3,000 burial plots on Newlands Road in Lucan. A total of 3,461 plots had been approved, but An Bord Pleanala asked that the amount be reduced by 372.

fdillon@herald.ie