Council apologises after initially declaring plan was objection free

AN BORD Pleanála has received three objections in relation to Waterford’s North Quays project.
One objection has been deemed valid, another declared invalid, while a third is currently being processed.
However, Waterford politicians have reassured the public that the eagerly anticipated project will proceed.
On Thursday last March 8th, it had appeared as though no objections had been received – resulting in many local Councillors publicly stating that the project could now proceed as planned.

The North Quay project is likely to be delayed given last week's news that at least one valid objection has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

The North Quay project is likely to be delayed given last week's news that at least one valid objection has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála.


Shortly before 5pm on Thursday, An Bord Pleanála had issued an email to Waterford City & County Council, stating it had not received any valid appeals in relation to the North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ).
This information was then relayed to Councillors in the public domain during the local authority’s Plenary meeting in Dungarvan on the same day.
However, the following day (Friday), Waterford City & County Council confirmed that a single appeal had been received.
An Bord Pleanála had issued a mail clarifying that it had received an appeal in relation to the SDZ on Tuesday March 6th – but it was only delivered to the appropriate desk that afternoon due to the large volume of post being received each day.
In a statement, Waterford City & County Council apologised for misleading the public but said that it was on foot of the confirmation which had been received from An Bord Pleanála.It transpired yesterday (Monday) that another objection had been received but has been deemed invalid, while a third is still being assessed.