Credit: Bullock Harbour Preservation Association

An Bord Pleanala has granted planning permission for a residential development to be constructed on Bullock Harbour.

The development, which consists of three, three storey luxury villas, two apartments, a café and a number of other buildings was approved on Tuesday morning.

The development is being proposed by Richard Barrett’s Bartra and is the second planning application for this site.  The previous plan included 10 apartments as well as villas but was refused by ABP.

Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire and chair of Save Our Seafront, said he is “shocked and outraged” over the decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant the permission for an “utterly inappropriate development” at the harbour.

“Bullock Harbour is a unique public amenity used by people of all ages.  It is an important part of the heritage of South County Dublin,” said Barrett.

Barrett says that the development will “effectively turn the harbour” and part of the seafront into a private area and used as the front gardens for the villas.

“Bullock is used by local fishermen, all sorts of marine leisure and people of all ages as a public amenity. 

“The rocks to the rear of the harbour are used for swimming off.  All of this, along with the residents of the harbour itself make for a very unique place in South County Dublin – the whole nature of the harbour will be destroyed by this development,” said Barrett.

It is expected that the inspector’s report of the plans will be released next week with Save Our Seafront also scheduled to meet to discuss what it’s next steps will be.

An Bord Pleanala decisions can be appealed via a judicial review but the process is often costly for groups taking up the appeal.

The announcement comes as Bullock Harbour is still being repaired from storm damage inflicted last year.

Scheduled to be completed in April this year, works are still ongoing with the harbour being completely closed off to the public, fishermen and boat hires.

Dublin Port Company had not responded for comment on the works by the time of publication.