THE planning decision on a proposed incinerator in Ringaskiddy has been delayed for a ninth time.
The latest date for a decision had been next Tuesday, but this will not be met by An Bord Pleanála.
The decision will now be deferred to the new year, although a date is not set.
The application was launched in January 2016, and an oral hearing on the project was held in the Carrigaline Court Hotel in April and May 2016, with a decision due in July of that year.
The decision has been repeatedly delayed since, with the board looking for new information as late as autumn. No reason has been given for the latest delay.
A spokesperson for Indaver, the company behind the proposal, said it is waiting on the decision, but members of CHASE, the main group opposing it, are not happy with the delay.
“The obvious upside is that while the decision is still hanging over the community, at least we can enjoy a normal Christmas. We hope that the ongoing delays reflect due diligence by Bord Pleanála rather than keeping the goal open until the applicant can get a shot in,” said CHASE spokeswoman Mary O’Leary. “It is essential that Bord Pleanála engages its own qualified independent experts to assess Indaver’s latest information and does not take it at face value.
“The robust examination of Indaver’s application and further information via oral hearings and submissions by this community will have highlighted that need by exposing both careless errors and errors with a degree of gravity that led the hearing inspector, Derek Daly, to say it threatened the veracity of the documentation.”
CHASE has consistently criticised the planning process and said the deals show that the process is biased in favour of the applicant.
The group said it is clear at this stage that the sole decision viable to meet the July 2016 deadline would have been a refusal of permission, which is why the decision deadline has been pushed out so many times.