9. Infrastructure & Utilities

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STRATEGIC AIM FOR INFRASTRUCTURE & UTILITIES

To facilitate the development of infrastructure and utilities that will support sustainable socio-economic growth and protect the quality of the environment of the town.  

9.1       Introduction

The availability of high-quality infrastructure is critical to securing investment, creating sustainable and attractive places, ensuring health and wellbeing and safeguarding the environment. The Council will work with national, regional and local utility providers to safeguard the protection of existing infrastructure assets in the town and seek up-grades and enhancement, where necessary, to facilitate the sustainable growth of the town.    

9.2       Water Infrastructure

Irish Water is responsible for the provision of public water services (water supply and foul drainage) on a national basis. It is an objective of Irish Water to provide both drinking water and wastewater capacity to facilitate future settlement growth, in line with national and regional planning policies and objectives, subject to the availability of funding, and environmental and financial sustainability criteria. In co-operation with Irish Water, the Council will contribute towards compliance with the European Union (Drinking Water) Regulations Drinking Water Regulations 2014 (as amended) and seek to undertake any remedial action as required.  

Cahir is served by the Cahir Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), which currently has limited additional capacity (approx. 500 PE[1]). However, the up-grade of the plant is identified in Irish Water Investment Strategy, with work scheulded to be completed in 2025.  The delivery of this up-grade is critical to support the development strategy and for Cahir in achieving its socio-economic potential.

 

 

Cahir forms part of the Arfinnnan Regional Water supply area and there is adequate water supply to cater for the future demands generated during the lifetime of this Plan.

9.3       Surface Water Drainage and Sustainable Drainage Systems

The Council is responsible for the management and disposal of surface water runoff within the public realm. All new development will be required to be adequately serviced with surface water drainage infrastructure and to ensure new development will not cause surface water flood risk or safety risks to the public. New development proposals should ensure that surface water run-off does not increase above existing levels.

New development should consider as part of the initial design concept whether sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs) and rainwater harvesting can be incorporated, particularly on large-scale development. Insofar as practicable, development should seek to reduce the amount of impermeable hard surface areas.

9.4       Flood Risk Management 

A Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) has been prepared as part of a suite of environment reports and may be found in Volume II of the Plan. The SFRA provides a detailed evidence-based review of the town, including site survey work and outlines provision to ensure flood risk is mitigated[2]. Consideration of flood risk in the SFRA acknowledges the role of climate change and includes provisions to adapt to, and mitigate, climate change. The Development Framework of the Plan informed by the SFRA ensures a precautionary approach to flood risk management and Greenfield lands at risk of flooding is zoned only for agricultural or amenity purposes.

Figure 20: Flood Risk Zones

The Council will require all developments within areas identified to be at flood risk to comply with the requirements of the Planning System and Flood Risk Assessment Guidelines (DEHLG, 2009) and Circular PL2/2014[3]. Proposal for development where there is an identified or potential flood risk will be required to carry out a site-specific Flood Risk Assessment, and Justification Test in accordance with these guidelines and the standards of the County Development Plan. New development within these flood risk zones shall also provide details of: floor levels relative to expected flood levels in ordnance survey datum; internal layouts; flood-resistant and flood-resilient construction methods proposed; emergency response planning details; and access and egress measures during flood events.

Extensions of existing uses or minor development within flood risk areas will be supported, provided they do not: obstruct important flow paths; introduce a number of people into flood risk areas; entail the storage of hazardous substances; have adverse impacts or impede access to a watercourse, floodplain or flood protection and management facilities; or increase the risk of flooding elsewhere.

9.5       Energy Generation

The Tipperary Renewable Energy Strategy 2016, which is adopted and included as part of the County Development Plan, sets out a vision and framework to support and facilitate the development of the renewable energy sector in the county whilst ensuring the protection of the environment and cultural and heritage assets. This Plan will seek to ensure the aims and objectives of the Tipperary Renewable Energy Strategy are implemented, and in particular, will support and encourage energy efficient design and the use of micro-generation technologies to support energy production in new and existing residential and commercial facilities.

Infrastructure & Utilities Policy

It is the policy of the Council to:

IU1.

Ensure that adequate and appropriate water services infrastructure is provided in accordance with the requirements of Irish Water and as part of new development proposals.

IU2.

Support the sustainable and efficient use of existing capacity in water services in the planning of new development and compliance with the European Union (Drinking Water) Regulations Drinking Water Regulations 2014 (as amended)

IU3.

Require that all development proposals demonstrate that appropriate Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) are examined and were feasible provided;

IU4.

Require proposals for development to comply with requirements of the Planning System and Flood Risk Assessment Guidelines (DEHLG, 2009) and any up-dated thereof) including providing detailed design specifications as may be required to facilitate the impact of development. 

 

Extensions of existing uses or minor development within flood risk areas will be supported, provided they do not: obstruct important flow paths; introduce a number of people into flood risk areas; entail the storage of hazardous substances; have adverse impacts or impede access to a watercourse, floodplain or flood protection and management facilities; or increase the risk of flooding elsewhere.

IU5.

Promote and encourage the use of renewable energy technologies in residential, commercial and community developments.

 

Specific Objectives

It is an objective to:

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Support and work in co-operation with Irish Water to up-grade the public waste water treatment plant in the town.

[1] Based on loadings in 2019 provided to Tipperary County Council by Irish Water in April 2020

[2]These provisions are set out in detail at Table 5 of the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and are included throughout the Plan in abridged format. All new development, in assessing flood risk, should have regard to Table 5 of the SFRA

[3] Circular PL2/2014 provides information on use of OPW Flood mapping in assessing planning applications and clarifies advice provide in the Planning System and Flood Risk Assessment Guidelines (DEHLG, 2009)

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