Oral Hearing Summary

An Bord Pleanála response to Oral Hearing

The latest update from An Bord Pleanála following the Oral Hearing. The Board are seeking Further Information from South Dublin County Council re their €15m vanity project. This is what happens when you have no Biodiversity Plan & no Biodiversity Officer.

An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing of Dublin Mountains Visitor Centre Application

20th to 27th November in Gresham Hotel and ABP Offices Marlborough Street

Inspector: Ciara Kellett 

For the Applicants:
Dermot Flanagan SC
Paul Keogh Architects
Eamon Prenter Engineer
Patrick O’Shea, Ecologist
Seamus McGarrigle Engineer
Julia Crimmins Archaeologist
No personnel from SDCC attended
Coillte represented by Dermot Flanagan
The Applicants outlined the proposal and then submissions followed beginning with statements from Colm Brophy T.D and Gino Kenny T.D. Both opposed the application.

There were 20 submissions, of which 7 were on behalf of Membership organizations or groups:
An Taisce
Keep Ireland Open
Irish Farmers Association
Hellfire Massy + 8 other Residents Associations
Friends of Massy Woods
Concerned Residents of Killakee
Angela O’Donoghue and others.

The remainder of the submissions were made by individuals both from the local area who would be directly affected by the development, and other concerned citizens. Nobody apart from the Applicants spoke in favour of the development.

Key points in submissions
Increase in traffic to unsuitable roads (carrying capacity)
Damage to environment from 300,000 visitors annually
Screening for Appropriate Assessment inadequate
Archaeology not protected
No Road Safety assessment
Shuttle bus proposal unworkable
Proposed building unsympathetic to landscape
Zoning breached?
Application should have been made under a different section as is Partnership between SDCC Coillte and Dublin Mountains Partnership
Breaches of Habitats Directive
Lack of Green Technology
Desire to have wilderness protected
Healing qualities of nature
Bird Survey not completed as required
Impact on Natura 2000 sites
The process is that the Inspector will make a report on the proceedings and will make a recommendation to the Board who will either accept her recommendation or overrule it. We are not expecting a result until early next year. If you would like to help us cover the cost of the Oral Hearing by making a donation or purchasing our lovely 2019 Calendar please click here