KILLINEY locals are celebrating after plans for a development at Bulloch Harbour have been rejected.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council refused permission for the development by Richard Barrett, of Bartra Property Ltd, to build six three-story maisonettes and three large villas at Bulloch Harbour, and locals say they are ecstatic.
If approved, the major renovation would have completely transformed the area. However, local residents heavily protested, saying the plans would destroy the existing “beautiful and precious” harbour.
Local resident Monica Smyth said: “We’re delighted – the phone hasn’t stopped ringing. They [neighbours] are all delighted with it.
“We’re so pleased with everyone’s input on this – we don’t know how to thank everybody.”
However, Monica said that the council “left out a few things” in their observation, but she and her neighbours are happy with this week’s outcome regardless.
Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP) welcomed the council’s decision to refuse the “utterly inappropriate” plans.
He said: “People-power has won this round in the battle against the developers,” he said.
“Hundreds of people turned up to public meetings to object to these plans, and 450 people paid the €20 to make a formal objection to the council.
“We are delighted that the council has taken cognisance of all of these objections and made the very sensible decision to refuse permission.
“This development would have wrecked this unique utility harbour and piece of local heritage.
“Thankfully, public mobilisation has dropped that possibility for now.”
Deputy Boyd Barrett’s PBP colleague, Cllr Melisa Halpin, said that while she believes the council made the right decision, “the fight is not over yet” as the developer will “either appeal to An Bord Pleanala or go back to the drawing board and submit new plans for the site”.
Monica was also keen to stress that this is “only the first round”.
“They [the developers] will come again and again. They have the money and they don’t care as long as they line their own pockets.
“We are prepared to fight back now if they appeal to An Bord Pleanala or if they submit new plans for the council.
“We couldn’t allow that to happen here, I can’t condone it at all, it’s out of the question.”
A spokesperson for Bartra Property, Grainne Hollywood, told The Gazette that the company are now considering their options since being refused planning permission.