Re: Re: Cork Harbour
And Cobh Urban Disctrict Council features once again before An Bord Pleanala:
From the Great Island News:
FURTHER DELAYS FOR MARINA PLAN
An Bord PleanÃ¡laâ€™s refusal to accept a local group of objectors appeal against the proposed marina was overturned by the High Court last week.
The planning board refused to accept that The Holy Ground and Environs Action Group had lodged a valid appeal on January 26th 2005 against the boardâ€™s decision to grant planning permission for a marina, 150 apartments in blocks of two and three storeys, a six-storey apartment building, commercial units and car park at Connolly Street or â€œThe Holy Groundâ€ here in Cobh.
Cobh Town Council had granted permission for the proposed development on December 16th 2004.The Board alleged the appeal was invalid because it had not been accompanied, as required by the Planning and Development Act 2000, by â€œan appropriate acknowledgementâ€.
Margaret Murphy, a member of the action group, challenged this refusal in judicial review proceedings and her challenge was granted by Mr. Justice MacMenamin.The letter of January 11th, 2005, sent by the group to the board was given within time and included the relevant information necessary for the board to proceed. Mr. Justice MacMenamin held â€œthere was no prejudice to the boardâ€.
During the High Court hearing Mr. Justice MacMenamin said the members of the action group objected to the development on the grounds of its impact on the local environment, a risk of landslides, ecological aspects and alleged destruction of views of Cork Harbour from a number of different vantage points.