Bartra Property (Dublin) Ltd has withdrawn its planning appeal** from An Bord Pleanála for the proposed development at the former Western Marine site at Bullock Harbour. This was confirmed in a letter from An Bord Pleanála dated 4 January 2022. This excellent news means that the refusal of planning permission stands and we thank everyone involved in helping to quash this.
However, this is not the end of the matter. We understand that Bartra Property (Dublin) Ltd may be submitting a new planning application for the site. This would be their third application for the Western Marine site. They have already made an initial application for a certificate of exemption from the requirement to provide social housing. This is standard practice preparatory to submission of a planning application. We await further information on the detail of any such new application and we will keep you appraised of the contents.
(** Background: Those with long memories will recall that this relates to the second Bartra planning application for the Bullock site in Dec 2017 which was refused permission by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown CC in Feb 2018. That decision was appealed by the developer to ABP who granted planning permission in June 2019, which was then the subject of our much discussed BHPA application for a Judicial Review in Aug 2019. ABP decided not to defend the case in July 2020 before the Judicial Review could be heard. The High Court Judge then quashed the planning approval and sent the case back to ABP for reconsideration. Since that date ABP have not reached any decision, and now the developer has withdrawn their appeal application from the Board.)