After 700 objection letters were submitted by Save The Waves and our coastal scientists to the Clare County Planning Department, Trump International Golf Links’ (TIGL’s) revised seawall proposal at Doughmore Beach, Ireland has been dealt another setback. The Planning Department issued an 8-page ‘Request For Further Information’ (RFI) that outlines myriad concerns with the proposal after reviewing the technical files and weighing the comments received during the 5-week public comment period.
The RFI established that it is considered that the information submitted with this application is insufficient to enable the Planning Authority to make a complete planning assessment of the proposal”. It goes on to say that, ‘Whilst it is acknowledged that the current proposal has provided for a reduction in the scale of the coastal defence works, from that as previously applied for under the planning application Ref. 16/371, concerns still remain with regard to the impact of the development on the beach and dune dynamics, and the adjoining Special Area of Conservation.” We couldn’t agree more.
This represents the latest obstacle for TIGL in their quest to build two seawalls along a pristine sand dune system and fronting one of Western Ireland’s best surfing breaks. TIGL has until August 24th to respond to the Request For Further Information and address the Planning Department’s concerns.
Save The Waves will continue to work with our local partners in the #NatureTrumpsWalls campaign during this six month period and will announce our next joint action soon.