AN BORD PLEANALA
Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, 1963 to 1999
Planning Register Reference Number: P96/1330
APPEAL by the Burren Action Group care of Environmental Management Services Limited of Seapoint Avenue, 42 Villarea Park, Glenageary, County Dublin and by An Taisce of Tailor's Hall, Black Lane, Dublin and by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (care of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland of 51 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin) against the decision made on the 15th day of September, 1998 by the Council of the County of Clare to refuse permission to the said Minister for development comprising and Entry Point at Crag Road (CR103), Gortlecka and Knockaunroe, to the Burren National Park comprising covered waiting area, toilets, ranger accommodation, ancillary parking, storage and signage. This application proposes the removal of elements including the equipment building, treatment plant (part), landscaping (part) and the retention and completion of elements landscaping (part), reservoir and treatment plant (part) of a previously proposed visitor centre which will otherwise be backfilled and the land reinstated to its previous condition at the Burren National Park, County Clare:
DECISION: Pursuant to the Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, 1963 to 1999, permission is hereby refused for the said development for the reasons set out in the schedule hereto.
it is considered that the provision of the proposed Entry Point and ancillary facilities at this particular location would generate significant concentrations of visitors and traffic within "the core area" of the Burren National Park, and that the proposed development would seriously injure the amenities of the area by reason of:-
In these circumstances it is considered that the proposed development would not be in accordance with the principles of sustainable development as set out in "Sustainable Development - A Strategy for Ireland", published by the Government in April, 1997, and would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and development of the area.
Signed by Member of An Bord Pleanala - 3 March, 2000