Part 8 - N52 Ardee Bypass

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Public Notice

Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended (Part XI)

Article 81 of Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 – 2021


N52 Ardee Bypass

Notice is hereby given in accordance with the requirements of the above Regulations, that Louth County Council (with the consent of Meath County Council) proposes to undertake the following development.

The proposed development will consist of:

The realignment of the N52 National Secondary Route in the townlands of Mandistown in County Meath, Ballygowan, Boharnamoe, Townparks, Mullanstown and Glebe in County Louth, comprising the construction of a single carriageway road for a distance of 4.5 km from a location 150m north of the N52 junction with the regional road R165 in the townland of Mandistown, to a location 580m north of the N33/N2/R171 roundabout junction on the N2 in the townland of Glebe.

The N52 realignment will typically consist of a 7.0m wide carriageway with 2 x 0.5m hard strips and a 2.5m wide verge.  Where a footway/cycleway is provided, the verge will be widened to 5.0m to accommodate a 3.0m shared footway/cycleway facility on one side of the road. Ghost island junctions will be located at the L-5234 Silverhill Road staggered T junction, the L-5232 Townparks Road staggered T junction and the L-1233 Mullanstown Road T junction north, with the southern arm of the Mullanstown Road stopped up.  A new multi-lane roundabout is provided at the junction with the N2 in the townland of Glebe.  The L-5234 Silverhill Road is realigned for 500m and a new single lane roundabout is provided at the junction with the existing N52.  South of the Silverhill Road roundabout, the existing N52 will be reclassified as a local road and stopped up south of Burley Bridge.  Localised realignment of the Silverhill Road, Townparks Road and Mullanstown Road (north) is required to connect them to the proposed N52 Ardee Bypass.

Two new bridge crossings, each with an approximate span of 30m are provided at the River Dee and River Garra, with minor watercourses culverted under the proposed road.  The remaining works will consist of earthworks, pavement works, attenuation features, the connection of road/land drainage outfalls to the new sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS) network, completion of landscaping works, completion of accommodation works, implementation of environmental measures and all other ancillary works.

Louth County Council as the Competent Authority has concluded that the proposed project, individually, and in combination with other plans and projects, is not one which requires an Appropriate Assessment (AA) or an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and is not likely to have a significant effect on the environment. In addition on the 19th October 2021, An Bord Pleanála made the following determinations:

  1. In respect of the Board’s powers under section 50(1)(b) of the Roads Act, 1993, as amended the Board decided NOT TO DIRECT the Road Authority to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment Report in respect of the proposed road development.
  2. In respect of the Board’s powers under article 250(3)(a) of the planning and Development regulation, 2001, as amended, the Board decided to direct the roads authority NOT to prepare a Natura Impact Statement in respect of the proposed development.

Plans and particulars of the proposed development are available on the council website at and may be inspected free of charge (by appointment), or purchased at a reasonable fee (which shall not exceed the reasonable cost of making a copy), at Louth County Council, Town Hall, Dundalk, or Louth County Council, Civic Offices, Fair Green, Ardee by contacting Appointments will be made between 9.00am and 1.00pm and between 2.00pm to 4.00pm, excluding weekends and Public Holidays, from Tuesday 14th December 2021 to Thursday 20th January 2022 .

Submissions and observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, may be made by email or in writing to the undersigned before 4.00pm on Friday 4th of February 2022.

Dated 14/12/2021

Frank Magee

Senior Executive Engineer


Louth County Council

Town Hall


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Board-Order-ABP-310146.pdf (size 103.1 KB)

Board-Order-ABP-310147.pdf (size 115.9 KB)

N52-Ardee-Bypass-AA-Screening-Report.pdf (size 6.5 MB)

N52-Ardee-Bypass-EIA-Screening-Report-September-2022.pdf (size 16.9 MB)

N52-Ardee-Bypass-FRA.pdf (size 23.9 MB)

N52-Ardee-Bypass-Report-on-Planning-(Part-8).pdf (size 16.5 MB)

N52-Ardee-Bypass-Scheme-Drawings--(Appendix-A).pdf (size 73.9 MB)