Pat Kenny calls on council to refuse permission for Bulloch Harbour plan

Pat Kenny calls on council to refuse permission for Bulloch Harbour plan

Broadcaster Pat Kenny has called on a Dublin local authority to refuse planning permission to redevelopment plans for Bulloch Harbour near Dalkey “on multiple grounds”.

In a joint objection to the Bartra Property (Dublin) Ltd application with his wife, Kathy Kenny, the Newstalk presenter claims the mixed use development would change Bulloch Harbour’s “welcoming ambience utterly, forever”.

The Kennys say Bulloch Harbour is used extensively for marine activities “and is also a place where many people come to simply enjoy the view and the sea air”.

The new scheme for the former Western Marine Building at Bulloch Harbour includes the construction of a three-storey building incorporating a cafe and one four-bedroom apartment.

The scheme also includes a single-storey seafood sales outlet, four fisherman’s huts, a new public square and three three-storey detached houses.

The Kennys – who live nearby – say the most concerning aspect of the scheme “is the ambition by the developers to provide residential accommodation in a location which is routinely affected by storms, most notably Storm Emma early in March 2018”.

In their objection lodged with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the Kennys say this storm was characterised as a one-in-80-years storm “but we are all warned that storms of this intensity are much more likely to be more frequent because of climate change and global warming”.

The Kennys say that “therefore, to build new residential accommodation at this location would be putting people potentially in harm’s way”.

The Kennys contend that “the new flood mitigation measures are not persuasive”. They also say the new development is substantially the same as the original scheme submitted in December 2017.

The original scheme subsequently secured permission from An Bord Pleanála but permission was quashed by the High Court on consent in September 2020 following a local residents’ challenge that the Kennys supported.

Residential use

The Kennys further contend that the new scheme fails to address council concerns – specifically, the predominance of residential use and low percentage of marine-related uses and that the development fails to respond to the unique context of the site and does not strengthen the special character and positive sense of place at Bulloch Harbour.

The Kennys state: “We are ad idem with the council on these points.”

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