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Compulsory Acquisition of Land


Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme Cell 1 Deerpark

Westmeath County Council (hereinafter referred to as “the Local Authority”) in exercise of the powers conferred upon them under section 76 of and the third schedule to the Housing Act 1966, as extended by section 10 of the Local Government (No. 2) Act, 1960 as substituted by Section 86 of the Housing Act, 1966 as amended by section 6 and the Second Schedule to the Roads Act, 1993 and as amended by the Planning and Development Act, 2000 as amended, and the powers conferred upon them by section 213 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), have made an order titled as above which is about to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála (hereinafter referred to as “the Board”) for confirmation. 

If confirmed, the order will authorise the Local Authority to acquire compulsorily the lands and rights described in the Schedule Part I and Part II hereto for the purposes of the construction of the Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme – Flood Cell 1 ‘Deerpark’ in the townland of Athlone and Big Meadow.

Owners, lessees, and occupiers of the land described in Schedule Part 1 and Part II will receive individual written notice, and any objection by them to the compulsory acquisition of the land and rights described in the Schedule Part I and Part II should be made in writing to An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, before 5pm on Friday 23 June 2023.

The Board cannot confirm a Compulsory Purchase Order in respect of the lands if an objection is made in respect of the acquisition by an owner, lessee, or occupier of the lands, and not withdrawn, until it has caused to be held an Oral Hearing into the matter and until it has considered the objection and the report of the person who held the Oral Hearing. An Bord Pleanála has an absolute discretion under section 218 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) to hold an oral hearing. Before making its decision on an application to confirm the Compulsory Purchase Order, An Bord Pleanála must consider any objection made and not withdrawn, any additional submissions or observations made pursuant to a request by An Bord Pleanála under section 217A of the Planning and Development Act (as amended), and any report of the person who held the oral hearing if such an oral hearing takes place. The person conducting any oral hearing that may be held in relation to the Compulsory Purchase Order which relates to a development under section 177AE of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) is entitled to hear evidence on the likely effects on the environment, the likely consequences for proper planning and sustainable development and the likely significant effects on a European Site.    

A copy of the Order and the deposited map referred to in it may be seen at the following locations: -

(a) Westmeath County Council, Athlone Civic Centre, Church Street, Athlone, County Westmeath, N37 P2T5 from 29 May 2023 until 23 June 2023 inclusive, between the hours of 9:30am to 4pm from Monday to Friday

(b) www.westmeathcoco.ie


                      All of which map are sealed with the seal of the Local Authority.


For further information please refer to the related documentation below:

Compulsory Purchase (No.2) Order,2023 Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme Cell 1

WMCC Athlone Flood Alleviation Newspaper Notice

Compulsory Purchase (No.2) Order,2023 Map


Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 01/06/2023