The Office of Public Works has expressed concern to Carrick-on-Suir Town Council that climate change could increase the risk of flooding in Carrick-on-Suir in the future.
The concern has been raised with the Council in a submission the OPW has lodged with the local authority for the review of Carrick-on-Suir’s Town Development Plan.
The submission highlights that climate change could increase the flooding risk both to currently developed and undeveloped areas of Carrick-on-Suir.
The OPW has also recommended that the new Town Development Plan for 2013 to 2018 should be supported by a flood risk assessment identifying areas of the town at risk of flooding.
It also advises that a further asssessment be carried out an any areas being considered for zoning that may be prone to flooding.
Carrick-on-Suir’s Town Manager has confirmed that the Council will undertake a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment on the new Development Plan, and he recommended that such a study also be carried out in support of the Draft Town Plan.
South Tipperary Co. Council’s Roads Section also lodged a submission to Town Development Plan review, which argued that the plans to relocate the N24 by pass of to a location outside the town plan boundary will have positive implications in reducing air and noise pollution The submission states that this positive impact should be reflected in the plan’s environmental report.