What's Happening Now?
Over 1,000 stakeholders participated in the lastest consultation stage on the preferred scheme, which ran for fourteen weeks from 8 November 2016 to 14 February 2017.
All feedback received during the last period of consultation has been considered and responded to by the project team and is summarised in the Consultation Submissions Report, which is available to view here.
Irish Water is continuing to progress the preparation of a planning application that will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála in 2019.
The recently published River Basin Management Plan outlines the government’s intentions for implementation of the water abstraction obligations of the Water Framework Directive. New legislation to be introduced in 2018 will establish the Water Abstraction Registration and Licensing Authority. As a result of the proposals contained within the River Basin Management Plan, the WSP project will now be required to make an application for an abstraction licence in addition to the planning application to An Bord Pleanála.
All potential impacts of the scheme, including abstraction, will be addressed in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and the Natura Impact Statement, which are currently being prepared and will accompany Irish Water’s planning application to An Bord Pleanála for their independent assessment.
Through the assessment of the Parteen Basin scheme, these reports will identify all relevant impacts of the project along with outlining appropriate prevention and alleviation measures where necessary.