Submission 3 to Council Planning Dept
SAVE OUR SEAFRONT
c/o 91 Lower Georges Street Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin
To: Planning Dept – Attention Sinead Hayden
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co Council
17 November 2014
Planning Application Ref. D13A/0682
Urban Beach and Floating Pool, Berth 1, East Pier, DunLaoghaire.
Dear Sir or Madam
Please find below comments from Save Our Seafront on the clarification of additional information received from the Harbour Company by the Planning Department with regard to the above application.
Save Our Seafront have considered the additional information sent in by the Harbour Company, and while it seems clear that some of the concerns of Save Our Seafront and members of the public have been addressed, there are many other issues that still remain outstanding:
· The proposed development represents an unacceptable commercialisation of the East Pier. We believe the pier to be a quiet and relaxed walking place for the people of Dun Laoghaire, Dublin and further afield, and we feel it should not become a place for commerce. We see this permanent fixture of a cafe to be a dangerous precedent for further development.
· Despite the changes that are now being proposed, the development remains unacceptably obtrusive on our Pier. From the photomontages supplied it is clear that for walkers at the beginning of the pier, the harbour-mouth view is still obscured by the buildings for anyone on the lower deck until they have passed Berth 1. Furthermore, the view of the project coming back up the pier gives the impression that it would be all too easy for further development to be inserted on the landward side of Berth 1 in the future which is extremely worrying.
· The changing of the material and look of the "pods" to "New England Beach Huts" remains inappropriate to the surrounding architecture. This is Victorian Dun Laoghaire, not Maine !
· There are no comments on the noise element that was raised in our original submission.
· Despite the changes, the issue remains that development of this kind within the curtilage of the harbour and on the protected structure that is the East Pier is utterly inappropriate.
· The current Development Plan for the county includes an objective to have a swimming facility at the Baths site. This objective was confirmed by a recent meeting of councillors from Blackrock/Dun Laoghaire and Ballybrack. Considering this objective, it would seem odd to have a second pool within 500 meters. We would like to raise the question whether this development, therefore, constitutes a "material contravention of the Development Plan"
Cllr Melisa Halpin
Dun Laoghaire Ward
91 Lower Georges St