Update: First Victory of County Development Plan - A Step in the Right Direction
On 13th October 2015 the following motion was passed 22 - 13 with 1 abstention: "To Protect Dun Laoghaire as an outstanding recreational harbour and sporting amenity of national significance.
It is the policy of the Council to protect and enhance the water based recreational amenity of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and its ability to host national and international competitions. Any commercial shipping proposals within the Harbour should be required to ensure that there is no material detrimental impact upon the water based recreational amenity facilities of the Harbour and its ability to host national and international competitions". SOS thanks councillors who proposed & supported this extremely important motion.
COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The councillors will be finalising the County Development Plan on 13th and 15th of October 2015. They have a number of motions to protect the harbour from inappropriate development. Please use your lobbying power and start phoning and/or emailing your local councillors asking them to support these motions.
The most important motions for us are:
1. A redefining of the zoning for the Harbour which seeks to rule residential and off-licences out.
2. A new objective for the plan which supports the development of a National Diaspora Centre in the Harbour, and
3. A new objective for the plan which supports the development of a National Watersports Academy.
We will keep you updated on when the legislation will be continuing through the Dail
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are preparing a new County Development Plan 2016–2022.
A series of public information sessions were held by the Council and a booklet "Have your Say - Influence & Shape your County" was produced which gave a broad overview of the main development issues and a Public Consultation period took place with deadline for receipt of submissions of 14 May 2014
Save our Seafront took part in the first consultation by sending in a brief submission (unfortunately time constraints prevented a more considered response) on core issues already well flagged which we believe the Plan needs to address.
UPDATE February 2015:
Councillors are presently voting on different aspects of the County Development Plan 2016-2022. For example, as Dun Laoghaire Harbour is presently zoned to allow for residential development within the curtilage of the harbour, a proposal was put forward by a number of councillors to rezone it "no residential development". However, at present, a majority of the councillors have voted against this proposal as they wish to allow residential development in the Harbour. Already, residential development is being planned both at "The Gut" behind the West Pier and on St Michael's Pier. Save our Seafront would like to remind the public that they can, if they wish, take this matter up with their elected representatives.
The draft of the new County Development Plan 2016-2022 will be finished by 22 March 2015, when a 10-week Public Consultation Period will commence & everyone will have an opportunity to have their say in the development of our County. The Consultation Period finishes on 11 May 2015.