Councillor Melanie Corrigan has expressed concern following the Planning Approved at Parcnasillogue which will irreparably damage Knocksink Woods.
Knocksink woods is a designated Natura 2000 EU Special Area of Conservation and Nature Reserve. The Glencree river flows through the woods and is one of the few pristine rivers in Co Wicklow.
In September approval was given by Wicklow county council in 2 separate applications for a development of 31 Residential units and 98 Residential units, a childcare facility, community building and employment hub and associated site development on lands at Kilgarron Hill, Parcnasillogue , Enniskerry .
In October, An Bord Pleneala approved a SHD for 219 Residential units (135 Houses, 84 Apartments), a childcare facility, and community building, and enterprise and employment hub on the same site.
Cllr Corrigan is very concerned that this development will damage Knocksink Wood due to contaminated waters that will emanate from the development and flow into the wood.
These concerns have been stated in submissions by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage within Wicklow county council.
However in its decision to grant Wicklow Co Co has directed that the Project Ecohydrologist be employed by the developer with the power to halt the development. This is not a satisfactory direction given that should the development have to be stopped, the damage is already done.
Cllr Corrigan says, “ Knocksink woods is unique in Enniskerry, a place which needs to preserved for our future generations not only for us Enniskerry people but all the tourists and visitors from Dublin and around the country who come to Enniskerry in the Garden of Ireland. I have been lucky to work with such fantastic groups as Leave no Trace, The Pure Mile, NPWS and the Friends of Knocksink woods on projects to protect the woods, and it would be a huge shame to see any detrimental effect on the Woods by bad planning. “
A Group of concerned Residents, Enniskerry Alliance, and Friends of Knocksink are holding a Public Meeting in St Mary and St Gerard’s School this Wednesday 9th November at 8pm to discuss this and other planning applications and decisions in the Enniskerry area.