Save our Seafront, the environmental non-governmental organisation that has been active in the protection and promotion of Dublin Bay for over 12 years, was granted leave (Jan 5) to seek a Judicial Review of An Bord Pleanála’s planning permission for a cruise ship berth and associated works at Dún Laogahire Harbour.
Star Legend, carrying 208 passengers and 164 crew, will visit Dún Laoghaire on June 26
The appeal centres on the Environmental Impact Study and the Natura Impact Statement and the application as a whole, which was ‘inadequate and fails adequately, or at all, to capture the environmental effects of the proposed development on the environment’ the NGO contends.
It adds that the decision to grant planning permission is therefore ‘not in compliance with the EIA Directive and/or the Habitats Directive’, and that the decision of An Bord Pleanála was ‘unreasonable, irrational, erred in law and fact, was ultra vires the statutory powers of An Bord Pleanála, and failed to provide any or any adequate reasoning and was not made in accordance with law’.
The proposed development will accommodate cruise ships up to 250m in length and attract an estimated 50 cruise calls (May to September), each averaging 2,000 cruise visitors. The income generated over the season would amount to €10m, according to the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.