Objection to Planning Application

Location: Keelbeg Pier, Ballincolla, Union Hall

Development: 100 berth marina, angling & diving facility, yacht club & associated facilities, 44 no. holiday apartments & assoc. site development works

The Secretary,

The Planning Authority,

Cork County Council,

Cork City,

6 August, 1999

Objection to Planning Application

Planning Reference No.: W/99/3553

Location: Keelbeg Pier, Ballincolla, Union Hall

Applicant: Gerard O'Mahoney

Development: 100 berth marina, angling & diving facility, yacht club & associated facilities, 44 no. holiday apartments & assoc. site development works

Date of Application: 30/06/99

Dear Sirs;

Friends of the Irish Environment have received representations from members of the local community in Union Hall about the proposed marina. We have visited the site, discussed the proposal with residents, and are aware of the content of the recent public meeting.

We can find no justification whatsoever for the holiday apartment element.

Coastal holiday facilities outside existing settlements have been clearly shown to be a poor use of coastal resources. Dramatic out of scale intrusions permitted recently in West Cork include the "Costa del Sol" style hotel and apartments at Inchydoney Island and the industrial type apartments that are under construction on the previous unspoiled approaches to Courtmacsherry. The Local Authority will no doubt be aware of the eutrophication that is now visible in this Bay.

Such developments should be physically within and architecturally integrated to the existing settlement patterns where they can be properly serviced and where they will, to some extent, contribute to the prosperity and viability of our rural communities. Provision has been made in the Development Plan for both locally generated housing and holiday homes at other locations in Union Hall and this development would be a material contravention of that Plan.

Under no circumstances can infilling of our coastline be justified for use as holiday facilities. This use of the foreshore runs counter to all modern thinking on coastal zone management. The County Development Plan allows only for a marina at this location. The sections of the plan dealing with coastal development and protection have indicated the basic functions considered appropriate in particular coastal locations and do not include this proposal.

The developers suggestion that this element of the proposal is crucial for the financial viability of the proposal is clearly refuted in a recently published report by the Marine Institute.

This report demonstrates that small to medium-sized marinas of about 55 to 80 berths in regional locations could generate between £400,000 and £700,000 each year and could support between 20 and 30 full-time jobs. There is no suggestion that the viability of such marinas require any element of holiday apartments and the developer's economic arguments presented to the residents and the planning authority are seriously misleading and can not be sustained.

Further, conditions should be attached to any planning permission for the marina which would ensure that jet skis and water skiing are not permitted to prevent serious damage to the basic attractions of the area.

Finally we question if an appropriate assessment of the environmental effects of the proposed development has been undertaken.

We would be grateful if you acknowledge this objection to the planning application, inform us of any decision or request for further information, and place this objection on the public file.

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Friends of the Irish Environment is a network created by conservationists in Ireland in order to monitor the full implementation of European environmental law, to work for changes in the Irish planning laws, and to pursue concerns and cases in both the built and the natural environment based on the principles of sustainable community development.

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