Moville man fails in High Court bid to block waste water treatment plant

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Central Criminal CourtA Donegal man has failed in a High Court bid to block Donegal County Council’s plans to build a waste water treatment plant on the shores of Lough Foyle.
The action was brought by local man Enda Craig of Carnagave, Moville.
Mr Craig had legally challenged the development on environmental impact grounds and the adequacy of an environmental study.
He had also alleged subjective bias on the part of a member of An Bord Pleanala who used to work for a consultant company later associated with the proposed development.
Judge Hedigan said the Bord had refuted “the unwarranted allegation that the bord member had acted inappropriately” and that the Bord’s decision had been motivated by bias.
The judge said no evidence of any kind had been produced to back up the allegations of impropriety.
The judge threw out Craig’s demand to quash the planning permissions on the basis of alleged objective bias;  failure to assess the impact on the Northern Ireland side of Lough Foyle and inadequacy of the Impact Studies.
Mr Craig has been given time to consider an appeal to the Supreme Court.

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