Notice of advertising of Part 8 for development - Grand Canal Greenway Shared Walking and Cycling Route

Pursuant to the requirements of Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations 2001 (as amended), notice is hereby given that Offaly County Council propose to construct a shared walking and cycling greenway route along the towpath of the Grand Canal for a distance of 5.5km.

The route of the proposed shared greenway is from Henesy's Bridge in the townland of Goldsmithslot, Rahan, to Plunketts Brudge, Pollagh. The route tracks the northern towpath.

The proposal represents a re-routing of the existing Grand Canal Greenway / Shared Cycling Route from the public road on the southern side of the Grand Canal to the northern towpath, which would provide a more 'off road' Greenway. 

The proposed development, which is the subject of this Part 8, will include the following:

  • Improvements to the existing towpath along the Grand Canal through the provision of a suitable surface i.e Quarry Dust, Surface Dressing or Asphalt (Tarmac) depending on local conditions for pedestrian and cyclists use. 
  • Construction of pull-ins and other measures along sections of the public road to accomodate local and agricultural traffic. 
  • Provision of traffic safety measures and signage to facilitate safe pedestrian and cycling crossings at Henesy's Bridge (Offaly RPS Ref. 22-003) and Plunkett's Bridge.
  • Anchillary works. 

The proposed development is located adjacent to 3 no. protected structures on the Offaly County Council Record of Protected Structures. 

22-001 - Lock Keepers House - 30th Lock - Ballincloghan
22-002 - Ballincloghan Bridge - Ballincloghan 
22-003 - Henesy's Bridge - Goldsmithslot

1 no. protected structure is considered to be materially affected by the proposal to develop the route, that is:

22-003 - Henesy's Bridge - Goldsmithslot

Offaly County Council has prepared an EIA Screening Report in accordance with the requirement of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) within which it has been determined that there is no likelihood of significant effects on the environment. (Article 120 of Planning and Development Regulations, amended 2018) Accordingly, it has been determined that EIA is not required in the respect of the proposed development. Any person may within 4 weeks from the date of this notice, apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether this proposed development would be likely to have significant effects on the environment. 

The proposed development has been subject to Appropriate Assessment Screening and it has been determined by Offaly County Council that there is no potential for significant effect on any European sites from the proposed development. 

From 10th of December 2021 to the 1st of February 2022 (both dates inclusive), all plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection and purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy during normal public opening hours at the following locations;

Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (R35 F893)

Please note in the event of Áras an Chontae being closed to the public due to the ongoing Covid 9 restrictions, the plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection or purchase by appointment with Offaly County Council. An appointment for viewing and/or purchae can be arranged by telephone on (057) 9346800 or by email at

Drawings and Particulars of Grand Canal Greenway Shared Walking and Cycling Route:

Submissions or 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 in writing to; Planning Section, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly or alternatively, email submissions can be sent to on or before 1st of February 2022. Submissions should be clearly marked GREENWAY