Kilkenny County Council’s plans to upgrade the waste water treatment plant at Purcellsinch have been approved by An Bord Pleanála.
The upgrade includes the development of a ‘sludge management hub centre’ at Purcellsinch.
The board ruled that, if its conditions are adhered to, “the proposed development would not give rise to significant adverse effects on the environment, would not be detrimental to the ecology of any site forming part of the Natura 2000 network, would not be prejudicial to public health, would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience and would be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”
Among the conditions are that “the detailed design of the facility shall make allowance for potential future variable or ‘shock’ loading on the facility from industrial wastewaters, without risk of exceeding the odour performance levels specified in the environmental impact statement”.
The also decision specified permissible limits of suspended solids, nitrogen, ammonia and phosphorus, in addition to the permissible odour level emanating from the site. And it stated that “all new structures of potential visual significance shall be finished in a colour and material which helps them to visually blend with the background.”