Chapter 8: Cultural and Natural Heritage Strategy

Closeddate_range31 May, 2021, 9:00am - 29 Jun, 2021, 4:00pm
Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 8.1
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

(FTF) NOM 12
Cllr Mike Bray

Chapter/Section

Section 8.1

Proposed Material Amendment

Amend Section 8.1 ‘Introduction’ in body text as follows:  

Where natural and cultural heritage features are relevant to any development proposal, applicants are required to contact the Planning Department, who will facilitate pre-  application discussions at the earliest opportunity.

The Council will also encourage engagement between the relevant national agencies and residents, farmers, landowners and local communities who are located in close proximity to heritage sites and walkways, in order to mitigate any adverse impacts arising from high volumes of visitors to an area.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 8.2
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-303
Devenish
MH-C5-802
Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht

Chapter/Section

Section 8.6

Proposed Material Amendment

Amend the following body text and HER POL 4 in Section 8.6 Archaeological Heritage as follows;:

‘Archaeology is the systematic study of past human societies through the investigation and analysis of the material evidence left behind. Uniquely archaeology provides insights into It is most useful for periods and civilisations that existed prior to written records.  The archaeological heritage of an area includes monuments, sites, and objects whether situated on land or under water. In this respect, the County has a significant archaeological heritage, and provides a valuable cultural, educational and tourism resource’

Amend HER POL 4 as follows;

To require, as part of the development management process, archaeological impact assessments, geophysical survey, test excavations or monitoring as appropriate, where development proposals involve ground clearance of more than half a hectare or for linear developments over one kilometre in length; or developments in proximity to areas with a density of known archaeological monuments and history of discovery as identified by a licensed archaeologist by a suitably qualified archaeologist.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 8.3
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-802
Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht

Chapter/Section

Section 8.6

Proposed Material Amendment

Amend HER POL 1 in Section 8.6 Archaeological Heritage as follows;
Delete HER POL 1 To protect archaeological sites, monuments, underwater archaeology and archaeological objects in their setting, which are listed on the Record of Monuments and Places for Meath.

and replace with the following text:

“To protect sites, monuments, places, areas or objects of the following categories:

  • Sites and monuments included in the Sites and Monuments Record as maintained by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht;
  • Monuments and places included in the Record of Monuments and Places as established under the National Monuments Acts;
  • Historic monuments and archaeological areas included in the Register of Historic Monuments as established under the National Monuments Acts;
  • National monuments subject to Preservation Orders under the National Monuments Acts and national monuments which are in the ownership or guardianship of the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht or a local authority;
  • Archaeological objects within the meaning of the National Monuments Acts; and Wrecks protected under the National Monuments Acts or otherwise included in the Shipwreck Inventory maintained by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.”
Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 8.4
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-802
Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht

Chapter/Section

Section 8.6

Proposed Material Amendment

Amend policy HER POL 2 in Section 8.6 Archaeological Heritage as follows;

HER POL 2: To protect all sites and features of archaeological interest discovered subsequent to the publication of the Record of Monument and Places, in situ (or at a minimum preservation by record) having regard to the advice and recommendations of the National Monuments Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and The Framework and Principles for the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (1999)

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 8.5
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-585
Tara Skryne Preservation Group

Chapter/Section

Section 8.6

Proposed Material Amendment

Amend HER OBJ 3 in Section 8.6 Archaeological Heritage as follows;

HER OBJ 3 - To seek to To protect important archaeological landscapes from inappropriate development.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 8.6
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-745
Boyne Valley Consultative Committee (BVCC)

Chapter/Section

Section 8.6.1

Proposed Material Amendment

Amend HER POL 10 in Section 8.6.1 UNESCO World Heritage Site - Brú na Bóinne as follows:

HER POL 10 - To ensure that residential extensions within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne are in character with the original building respect the scale, design and character of the original building.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 8.7
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-44
Keep Ireland Open
MH-C5-47
Cllr Noel French 

Chapter/Section

Section 8.7

Proposed Material Amendment

Insert new objective as follows into Section 8.7 ‘Architectural Heritage’;

HER OBJ XX To commission a study over the lifetime of the Plan to assess the significance of the Mass Rocks and Holy Wells throughout County Meath.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 8.8
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-112
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)

Chapter/Section

Section 8.7.4

Proposed Material Amendment

Amend HER POL 25 in Section 8.7.4 Industrial Heritage as follows;

HER POL 25

To protect and enhance the built and natural heritage of the Royal Canal and Boyne Navigation and associated structures and to ensure, in as far as practically possible, that development which may impact on these structures and their setting be sensitively designed with regard to their character and setting. Development of the project will be subject to the outcome of the Appropriate Assessment process. Where adverse effects on European site integrity are identified, alternative routes or designs will be developed to ensure that the project will not adversely affect the integrity of any European Site(s), the project will not be progressed unless and alternative solution can be implemented which avoids/reduces the impact to a level that the integrity of the European Site(s) is (are) unaffected.

Amend the below policies/objectives;

HER POL 32: To permit development on or adjacent to designated Special Areas of Conservation, Special Protection Areas, or those proposed to be designated over the period of the Plan, only where the development has been subject to the outcome of the Appropriate Assessment process and an appropriate level of assessment has been carried out to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority, in consultation with National Parks and Wildlife, can clearly demonstrate that it will have no adverse effect on the integrity of the site.

HER POL 6: To protect the Outstanding Universal Value of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne in accordance with the relevant guidelines and national legislation, so that its integrity, authenticity and significance are not adversely affected by cumulative inappropriate change and development so that its integrity, authenticity and significance are not adversely affected by inappropriate development or change.

HER POL 27: To protect, conserve and enhance the County’s biodiversity, where appropriate.

HER OBJ 55: To preserve the views and prospects listed in Appendix 10, in Volume 2 and on Map 8.4 and to protect these views from inappropriate development which would interfere unduly with the character and visual amenity of the landscape.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 8.9
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers MH-C5-764
Bord na Mona
Chapter/Section

Section 8.11

Proposed Material Amendment

Amend the following body text in Section 8.11 Peatlands;

The County represents the eastern limit of raised bogs in Ireland and the Council recognises the potential for utilisation of protected areas for tourist, amenity, educational and research purposes. The Council will liaise with the various government and nongovernment organisations involved in an effort to secure the conservation of the peatland areas having regard to National Peatland Strategy and the National Raised Bog SACs Management Plan 2017-2022. The Council also recognises the potential for some cutaway to facilitate various complimentary activities such the generation of renewable energy, diverse ecosystems and places of public amenity.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 8.10
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

(FTF) NOM 20
Cllr McCabe & Meade 

Chapter/Section

Section 8.11

Proposed Material Amendment

Amend HER OBJ 38 in Section 8.11 Peatlands as follows:

HER OBJ 38
To work in partnership with relevant stakeholders on a suitable peatland site(s) to demonstrate best practice in sustainable peatland conservation, management and restoration techniques and to promote their heritage and educational value subject to Ecological Impact Assessment and Appropriate Assessment Screening, as appropriate, having regard to local and residential amenities.

Amendment No.: Proposed Amendment Chapter 8.11
Submission/NOM/(FTF) NOM Numbers

MH-C5-1001
Meath Archaeological and Historical Society (MAHS)

Chapter/Section

Section 8.18

Proposed Material Amendment

Insert the following new objective into Section 8.18 Views and Prospects as follows;

HER OBJ XX To undertake a review of existing protected views and prospects contained in the County Development Plan and to assess and consider additional views and prospects deemed worthy of inclusion/protection.

Submission from Development Applications Unit (DAU) Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (by post 29-6-21)
Submission from Keep Ireland Open re: Proposed Amendments Chapter 8.3 to 8.7, 8.9 & 8.11  (by post 25-6-21)