Hazzard welcomes HED investigation at Knock Iveagh
Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has welcomed confirmation from the Department for Communities that an investigation has been established into the recent development at the historic site at Knock Iveagh in County Down.
This follows on the back of a recent commitment from the Department for Infrastructure to review the planning process which resulted in permission being granted for a controversial turbine adjacent to the historic cairn.
The South Down MP said:
“For some time now I have called on local authorities, agencies and government departments to immediately address the significant concerns of those of us who believe that recent development at Knock Iveagh is not only wrong, but is a consequence of bad planning decisions and a failure to adequately enforce the legal protections afforded to historic monuments.
“Having requested for some time now that development is brought to an end at this location and an investigation is established to determine the extent of the significance of the historic site - as well as the damage done to date, I can confirm that action is now being taken by the Historical Environment Division (HED) at the site under the Historic Monuments & Archaeological Objects Order (1995)to this end.
“Whilst its not possible to discuss the nature of this action due to legal dealings with a third party, it is safe to say that as a result of this investigation remedial works at Knock Iveagh cairn are now likely. Such works would likely address all intrusions into the scheduled area, both by the construction of the roadway, and by the works associated with the erection of the telecoms mast.
“I want to thank HED for finally taking a stand in this regard; it is now left to Armagh Banbridge & Craigavon Council to address the serious planning issues associated with the erection of the turbine, telecoms mast, and associated infrastructure. I will be meeting with Council officials in the very near future in this regard.” ENDS/CRÍOCH