Planning Permission granted for Extension to Clay Pit, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan

Planning Permission granted for Extension to Clay Pit, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan

Working on behalf of Breedon Brick Ltd, Quarryplan has successfully secured full planning permission for the continued use of a clay pit with a c. 4.2ha extension at Cormey Clay Pit, Co Cavan.

The approved development comprises the extraction of mudstones from the Permo-Triassic aged mudstone sequence at Cormey Clay Pit. The raw material used in the production of bricks and associated products at the Kingscourt Brickworks, a short distance away at Drumgill, Co. Meath. The Brickworks is the only operational Brickworks in Ireland. The supply of suitable material from Cormey Clay Pit is therefore vital to the continued production of bricks in Ireland.

The planning application was accompanied by an EIAR which demonstrated that the development would not result in any significant effects upon the environment, with the requirement for a NIS “screened out”.

In collaboration with the project team, the development proposals were refined so as activities in the Clay Pit would not be expected to impact upon the Zone of Contribution for the public water supply borehole to the north of the site. A number of mitigation measures were advanced within the application to minimise the risk to the public water supply.

Further to a third party appeal, planning permission was granted by An Bord Pleanála in August 2021 with the Board concluding that the development would not unduly impact on the archaeological potential of the site, the visual amenities of the area, residential amenities of properties in the vicinity, natural heritage, or adjacent roads, and would accordingly be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.