Reply To: Senator McSharry – defender of democratic purity
That’s because I was not replying to your post, but to the previous one.
Nobody is saying commercial development is not legitimate, and that is the no. 1 myth about heritage organisations (that they are against development). On the contrary most want to see excellent development that benefits the environment & soceity. Sadly there’s only a tiny minority of that in Ireland – & most of it is featured in the pages of the yearly architectural awards journals.
As far as I remember, the An Taisce spokesperson – quoted in the paper at the time your development was refused – acknowledged that you had done good work in Scotland and elsewhere, and made it clear that this was not about architecture or development per se, but that the proposal was out of scale for a historically sensitive area of Sligo Town.
You are throwing up details here in support of your development such as: “we were depending on the adjoining development to make a connection through from one side of the town to the other and new wynd and pedestrian walkway ……….the link has been lost and now both projects have been scuppered”. What is anybody supposed to make of that who hasn’t analysed the relative planning applications, doesn’t know the site or doesn’t even know Sligo town?
Probably like most people who post on this forum, the odd time I am in Sligo I notice that the place sorely needs some good architecture and urban design. Most of that stuff that was put up along the Garavogue in the ’90s was total muck under the guise of ‘urban renewal’ – really just apartments for the young people to live in for a year or two before going off to build their bungalow.
After your development was refused by ABP, you were posting up various views of the scheme here and everybody was going ‘aw, what a shame’ and ‘aren’t an taisce evil?’ But its not just about feckin architecture – the whole thing has to be looked at! As it states in the above article posted by Vinnyfitz, appeals against the development by An Taisce and others were upheld by An Bord Pleanala because it did not respect the the architectural characteristics of conservation areas outlined in the Sligo and Environs Development Plan, and that this development plan – aimed at protecting the medieval part of Sligo – had been approved by elected members of Sligo Borough Council, and not by An Taisce.
I would love to see GM & AD do something in this town, and I hope something can be worked out for that site eventually.