Reply To: south docks….
GregF, maybe youâ€™re been a bit too blunt eh?
As for planning staff â€“ well, Iâ€™m presuming that they are fairly restricted in their scope when it comes to turning down applications purely on aesthetic grounds. Then again, one recurrent theme in â€˜planningâ€™ is the question of when, why, and how planning officers should/must (not?) become the â€˜arbiters of good tasteâ€™ â€“ thatâ€™s a whole kettle of fish in itself. Personally, I do not think that the illustration provided portrays a building that is REALLY bland, I will admit however that it does not appear to be overly awe-inspiring.
As for the â€˜localsâ€™â€¦ how about a bit more in the way of public consultation i.e. consensus/ collaborative planning etc.? It can help smooth the road sometimes, towards the fruition of the more controversial developments and in the long-run can save time and money.
Martin, Iâ€™m not sure that GregF has an inferiority complex, there is no shame in wishing for higher quality and lamenting when it generally does not appear – which I think is what GregF feels (Ireland is not exactly a Mecca for outstanding Architecture and Urban Design)!?!
P.S. Apologies GregF, I do not mean to psycho-analyse you!