property developments in the north of the capital could be delayed for several years because the council is concerned that the city’s waste water system could not cope with increased usage.

It is thought that landowners have already been told that the drainage system has insufficient capacity to allow any further development along the network from Baskin in Kinsealy to St Margaret’s Road.

The news emerged after the council refused planning permission for a development in Abbeville in Kinsealy because of the ailing wastewater system.

According to the paper, the application was refused because the wastewater system “has insufficient capacity to cater for the proposed development” of 30 houses.

Owen Keegan, county manager of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, added to the Sunday Business Post: “The overall water supply situation in the Dublin region is critical. Water shortages and a curtailment of development will be unavoidable unless a major new water source is in place for the Greater Dublin region by 2016.”

James Cooper

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