Stage 1 Screening and Stage 2 AA of proposed Amendment No. 2 to the Callan Local Area Plan 2009 - 2020 have been carried out. Stage I screening concluded that, if unmitigated, the proposed Amendment has the potential to result in impacts to the integrity of the Natura 2000 network of sites. A single European site, River Barrow and River Nore cSAC was screened in for Stage II AA.
The risks to safeguarding the integrity of the qualifying interests and conservation objectives of the Natura 2000 network are partly addressed by a number of existing policies and objectives contained within both the existing LAP and the overarching Kilkenny County Development Plan. A number of recommended changes to the text of the proposed Amendment are also made in order to further safeguard the protection of the River Barrow and River Nore cSAC. In addition, all lower level plans and projects arising through the implementation of the proposed Amendment to the LAP will themselves be subject to AA when further details of design and location are known.
In conclusion, having incorporated the above recommendations, it is considered that the proposed Amendment to the Callan Local Area Plan 2009 – 2020 will not affect the integrity of the Natura 2000 network.