Dundalk Stadium plans delayed by request for further information
Louth County Council have sought further information from Dundalk Stadium about their plans to widen the existing horse racing track to accommodate all-weather National Hunt jump racing in the future.
Dundalk Racing (1999) Ltd applied for planning permission for the €3.5m development in January, with a decision having initially been due this week.
The venue – Ireland’s only all-weather racecourse – is seeking permission for the “widening of the existing horse racing track at two sections and the provision of fences for jump racing”.
As part of the application, they are also looking to install two oil tanks and boiler containers for undersoil heating to the new area of the track.
Any decision has now been held up while the track looks to answer the local authority’s queries.
The first sees them request a Screening Assessment of how the proposed development would affect the nearby Dundalk Bay Special Protection Area and Dundalk Bay Special Area of Conservation, which are both located just 0.2km away from the subject site.
Furthermore, the OPW has indicated that a significant portion of the proposed site, including the proposed locations of two oil tanks and boiler containers, is vulnerable to coastal flooding. The track have been asked to submit a Flood Risk Assessment for the development, showing that the development is not at risk of flooding nor will it exacerabate flooding in the immediate vicinity or wider area.
Furthermore, a local resident has lodged an objection to the plans on the basis that she believes part of the land earmarked for development belongs to the late John Richard Cox, who is a director ancestor.