We write to ask you to examine the procedure used to assess the proposed redevelopment of Ballymun in north Dublin by Dublin Corporation in view of the fact that no Environmental Impact Assessment has been prepared for this development.
Initial Friends letter to Commission


J. Ruiz-Tomas,
Environmental Directorate XI
Legal Affairs Division B.3
Rue de la Loi, 200
B-1049, Brussels, Belgium

25 April, 1999

Re:
Infringement of Environmental Impact Assessment Directive 85/337 in urban development in Ireland

Dear Sirs;

We write to ask you to examine the procedure used to assess the proposed redevelopment of Ballymun in north Dublin by Dublin Corporation in view of the fact that no Environmental Impact Assessment has been prepared for this development.

This development is part of the newly introduced integrated area plans (IAPs) for six areas within the Dublin Corporation authority's jurisdiction - Ballymun, Inchicore/Kilmainham, O'Connell Street, the north-east inner city, Liberties/Coombe, and the HARP (Historic Area Rejuvenation Project) area extending westwards from O'Connell Street to Collins Barracks) and that tax concessions are being provided for these developments.

The Ballymun development currently houses 20,000 people in high rise buildings constructed in the 1960's. It the stated intention to demolish these buildings and rehouse the residents. A Master Plan was drawn up and subject to an "environmental appraisal", the Irish authorities stating that this was sufficient examination.

The first phase of this redevelopment is comprised of 11 sites represented by 11 separate planning applications to the local authority. [Dublin Corporation Planning Register No: 3661 - 3665 of 98; 3726-3730 of 98; 2704 of 98; and others.] In total these applications comprise 750 housing units covering approximately 48 acres and with an estimated cost of IR£ 275 million.

We believe that the proposed development is of a scale and nature to require an Environmental Impact Assessment, notwithstanding the fact that each individual application may be beneath the threshold requiring such an assessment.

We would be most grateful if the European Commission would examine the facts of this case and determine if the local authority's recent notice of intention to grant permission for these applications without an environmental impact assessment is an infringement of the European Environmental Impact Assessment Directive 85/337.

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A number of further submissions and replies were made whiuch we hope to post here shortly.




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