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Public Consultation Carrigart to Downings Footpath

Donegal County Council propose to construct a footpath adjacent to the R248 on the Carrigart to Downings regional road. This is planned to extend along the western margin of the R248, from its beginning near Carrigart to its junction with a minor road close to the Rosepenna Hotel and Golf Resort in Downings. This represents a total distance of approximately 2.6Km. For much of its length, the footpath is proposed to be 2.5m in width and will occupy the existing roadside verge. At the southern end of the site, the verge is replaced by a strip of hardstand and in this location it is proposed to create a footpath which is approximately 1.8m in width so as to fit within this area. The works will involve traffic management, excavation, kerb laying, concrete works, backfilling and any associated accommodation works.


A Natura Impact Statement (NIS) has been prepared in respect of the proposed development and Donegal County Council propose to seek the approval of An Bord Pleanála to undertake the works. An Bord Pleanála may give approval to the application for development with or without conditions or may refuse the application for development.


The Natura Impact Statement Documents can be downloaded below:

Carrigart to Downings Public Consultation Document
Carrigart to Downings Natura Impact Statement
Carrigart to Downings NIS Addendum 1 Maps
Carrigart to Downings NIS Addendum 2 Method Statement
Carrigart to Downings NIS Addendum 3 Design Details
Carrigart to Downings NIS Addendum 4 Invasive Species Management Plan
Carrigart to Downings Footpath Notice

Submission and observations with respect to the proposed development dealing with:


  • The implications of the proposed development for proper planning and sustainable development in the area concerned,
  • The likely effects on the environment of the proposed development,
  • The likely significant effects of the proposed development on a European site, if carried out,


Can be made free of charge to the board at An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 before 5.00pm on Friday 23rd July 2021.

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