Bullock: ABP rejects report recommending to refuse permission on Harbour

by Gary Ibbotson

The published inspector’s report on the proposed Bartra residential development at Bullock Harbour reveals that it advised An Bord Pleanala to reject the planning permission filed with the board.

In a statement, People Before Profit TD and Save Our Seafront chairperson, Richard Boyd Barrett said he expressed “grave concern” that ABP rejected its own inspectors report in granting the development.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said the decision by An Bord Pleanala to overrule Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’s planner recommendation and ABP inspector’s report was “bizarre and reckless”.

The Bartra development proposes the construction of three luxury villas and apartments at Bullock Harbour.

The inspector’s report upholds original council decision and recommends to refuse the granting of permission on the grounds of zoning, specific local objectives, the risk of flooding and the cultural importance of the harbour to the local area.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said the granting of permission by ABP shows a dismissal of all of the serious planning and zoning issues that had led to the inspector’s report to recommend refusal.

“I find the decision by An Bord Pleanala to overrule the council’s planner and their own inspector’s recommendation quite stunning. 

“It is at complete variance with the zoning, council objectives and the principals of sustainable development,” he said.

“The rationale provided by An Bord Pleanala for granting this planning proposal and, quite frankly, without providing any evidence to support their claim, is less than satisfactory and needs to be explained.

“I find it mystifying that planners experienced at interpreting county development plans who upheld the council decision were unceremoniously overruled by the board.”

Deputy Boyd Barrett continued on to say that he would be bringing the issue up with Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy in the Dail.

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