Million gallon slurry tank gets green light
Countess Ulrike Walderdorff has been given planning permission to build a million gallon slurry- and soiled-water lagoon at her Artramon estate farm near Crossabeg.
Earlier this year, the council refused permission for the development because it said it was not satisfied that the proposed lagoon would not adversely impact sensitive conservation sites in the area.
However, the countess then re-submitted the application, dealing with the issues raised by the planners.
In an application submitted on her behalf by building surveyor Nigel Redmond, Countess Walderdorff says the lagoon is required for Artramon Farm to comply with current nitrare directives regarding slurry and soiled water storage capacity for the withholding period in winter.
The lagoon will also enable Artramon Farm to expand its stock numbers in the near future, from 300 cows to 400, from 150 heifers to 200, from two bullocks to three and from 150 calves to 200.
The countess said the majority of traffic movement to and from the lagoon would be contained within the land holdings via 10,000 vacuum tanks and 130 HP tractors.
Ten per cent free board within the lagoon would be assured to ensure adequate storage is allowed for in the event of rain and a further 800mm bund would surround the lagoon to ensure no surface water enters the lagoon or the lagoon leaks into the surrounding landholdings.
In its new ruling, the council said it was satisfied that the development, which is subject to stringent conditions, would not adversely affect the integrity of Slaney River Valley Special Area of Conservation and the Wexford Harbour and Slobs Special Protection area, Natura 2000 site, which it is close to.