Part 8 - N53 Hackballscross to Rassan

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Public Notice

Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended (Part XI)

Planning and Development Regulations 2001 – 2021 (Part 8)

 N53 Hackballscross to Rassan

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

The proposed development will consist of:

The realignment of the N53 National Secondary Route in the townlands of Rassan, Shanmullagh, Annaghvacky, Carrickastuck and Barronstown, comprising the construction of a single carriageway road for a distance of 3.3 km from a location 920m east of the N53 junction with local road L-3119 in the townland of Rassan to a location 180m west of the N53 junction with local road L-3125 in the townland of Barronstown and associated accommodation & fencing works, landscaping works, drainage works and ancillary works.

The N53 realignment will typically consist of a 7.3m carriageway with 2.5m hard shoulders and 3m verges. A ghost island junction will be located approximately 300m east of Annaghvacky cross roads.  There will be a new link road, approx. 60m long, connecting the existing N53 with the proposed new N53 alignment at this  location. . Travelling south on the LP-7120 from Annaghvacky cross roads towards Treagh the LP-7120 will be cul de saced 320m approx. from Annaghvacky cross roads. The LT-31252 Clonaleenaghan road will have a simple junction with the N53. The LP- 3117 (Crossmaglen) and adjacent LS 7116 will remain simple junctions off the existing N53 which will be reclassified as a local road.

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.

Pursuant to Article 120 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2018 a member of the public, may at any time before the expiration of 4 weeks beginning on the date of the publication of this notice, seek an EIA screening determination from An Bord Pleanala as to whether the proposed development would have significant effects on the environment.

Plans and particulars of the proposed development are available on the council website at and may be inspected (by appointment) at Louth County Council,         Town Hall, Dundalk by contacting Appointments will be made between 9.00am to 1.00pm and between 2.00pm to 4.00pm, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, from Tuesday 8th June 2021 to Tuesday 6th July 2021.

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 to or in writing to the undersigned before 4.00pm on Tuesday 20th July 2021.

Dated this 8th June 2021

Eugene Mc Manus

Administrative Officer


Louth County Council

Town Hall


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WH5302-04-005-Cover-Sheet.pdf (size 72.5 KB)

WH5302-04-005-Drawing-Index.pdf (size 40.5 KB)

WH5302-04-005.1.pdf (size 5.9 MB)

WH5302-04-005.2.pdf (size 3 MB)

WH5302-04-005.3.pdf (size 2.8 MB)

WH5302-04-005.4.pdf (size 1.5 MB)

WH5302-04-005.5.pdf (size 2.9 MB)

WH5302-04-005.6.pdf (size 1.5 MB)

WH5302-04-005.7.pdf (size 2.3 MB)

WH5302-04-005.8.pdf (size 3.1 MB)

WH5302-04-005.9.pdf (size 111.3 KB)

AA-Screening-Report-Copy.pdf (size 9.4 MB)

EIA-Screening-Report.pdf (size 23.5 MB)

Environmental-Report.pdf (size 43.2 MB)

Hackballscross-Part-8-Public-Consultation-Report.pdf (size 637.3 KB)

Appendix-E--Appropriate-Assessment-Screening-Determination-N53.pdf (size 514.9 KB)

Appendix-E--EIA-Determination-for-N53.pdf (size 655.9 KB)