What is the bloody point of having a desigination ''Conservation Area''
What's it supposed to mean?
Why do they even bother colouring up the maps to give a zoning objective of ''Residential Conservation'' (Z2),
to particular structures and not others, if you can just come along and get planning permission to knock the structures down after you've let them get a bit delapidated for a couple of years?
What's the bloody point of looking for a ''full historical assessment of the structures . . to include . . an architectural history of the application site and details of the context in which the site was developed''
, if, when it comes in, and it's clearly as lame as a three legged dog, it still gets accepted as if it was a thesis from UNESCO?
Ten days before the deadline, the Planning Dept. have gone ahead and granted permission for the demolition of 11 & 13 Bath Street !
The case officer was originally Emma Deane and now it's given as Pat Ewen.
This is bitterly disappointing. Pat Ewen is normally a safe pair of hands, he's a well respected planning officer, and, unusually for a planning official, he seems to have remained in the same role (and mostly the same area) for about twenty years. What seems to have happened here is that he's just trusted in what the A.I. requested Historical Assessment Report
[INDENT]''This history report has been read and considered and (we?) concur with contents of it''
If we exonorate the planning officer, then the vilian has to be the experienced professional who wrote that ''Historical Assessment Report''
! IMO, this individual has serious questions to answer, as do the RIAI who appear to have bestowed a ''Conservation, Grade 1''
qualification on him.
The point here is that places like Irishtown which have what, six hundred years of heritage behind them, have inherent qualities that make them special and worthy of lavishing all those high sounding Development Plan phrases on them in the first place, phrases like: 'Protected Structure'
and 'Architectural Conservation'
and 'Zone of Archaeological Interest'
Dublin City Council's current zoning map! (horizontal red hatching is ''Conservation area'', Deeper yellow is Z2, ''Residential Conservation'', and the broken heavy blue line is ''Zone of Archaeological Interest''
Some of these inherent qualities, like the early street patterns, can survive a certain amount of site clearance and new build, if it's done well, and some of the inherent qualities just depend on there being surviving building stock remaining to illustrate the historic depth in the urban fabric and to delight with their patina and their period details, as GrahamH might say.
Aerial view of Irishtown from the west with Bath Street running from left to right, forming the spine of the village.
In nos. 11 & 13 Bath Street, we're clearly dealing with two of the oldest houses in Irishtown, houses which display fascinating and unusual plan features, and houses that, even the woefully lazy and inadequate ''Historic Assessment Report''
concedes, haven't yet revealed all their secrets.
In any civilized country, these would be the last houses that you would ever permit to be demolished, especially to be replaced by an insipid half mock-up of themselves.
Which ever way you look at it, either we need a better planning system, or we need a higher standard of Building Assessment Report
, or preferably both.
nneligan wrote:The new police station is a disaster, I was very sorry to see the Arts & Crafts building go. .
This seems a bit trivial now, but I think the pictures posted earlier in the thread show the new Garda Station to be a pretty decent building. Opinions differ I guess.