Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has appealed a decision in relation to planning permission for a new entrance to the proposed IDA Business Park in Ballina.
Planning permission was granted by Mayo County Council last November for the construction of the new access junction from the site of the proposed business and technology park, located at Quignashee, onto the N59. The development would include the provision of road markings to facilitate a right turn ghost island junction into the site, which IDA was first granted permission to develop in 2003.
However, the TII objected to the development of the junction as it considered it a safety hazard due to the 100km/hr speed limit on the N59. Similar concerns were raised by the Roads Design Office of Mayo County Council and the National Roads Office, both of whom said the proposal would contravene the County Development Plan.
The TII, in its submission to the council, stated the proposed development would endanger public safety as it would create a traffic hazard and obstruct road users due to the movement of extra traffic generated.
The TII recommended revising the proposal to provide direct access to a local road, the L1101 Creggs Road, which is accessible via the site “to ensure conformance with the requirements of official policy and in the interest of road user safety”. However, in the planners’ report, the proposal from the TII was considered but was deemed to “provide a greater traffic hazard and obstruction of road users” due to its location.
The planner, in recommending granting permission for the original development, said a detailed masterplan should be prepared for the IDA site and should consider adding additional access along Creggs Road to cater for smarter transport options.
The TII has appealed the council’s decision to An Bord Pleanála with a decision expected by April 26 next.