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Local groups ‘disappointed’ at decision to allow Hellfire club visitor centre

Local groups ‘disappointed’ at decision to allow Hellfire club visitor centre
Local groups who opposed the development of a €15 million visitor centre at Dublin’s Hell Fire club have described An Bord Pleanála’s approval of the project as “deeply disappointing”. An Bord Pleanála confirmed last week it had granted planning permission to South Dublin County Council to develop a visitor centre in the Dublin mountains at…

Local groups who opposed the advancement of a EUR15 million visitor centre at Dublin’s Hell Fire club have described An Bord Pleanála’s approval of the project as “deeply frustrating”.

An Bord Pleanála confirmed recently it had actually granted preparation permission to South Dublin County Council to develop a visitor centre in the Dublin mountains at the Massy’s Wood estate and Montpelier Hill which includes the Hell Fire club, a secured structure and national monolith built around1725

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The council invited An Bord Pleanála’s decision and said that the task group had actually considered “essential local issues raised” and incorporated them into the style strategies.

The project, which is being developed in co-operation with Coillte and the Dublin Mountains Partnership, will make sure the “conservation of the landscape, ecology and heritage functions of the distinct and natural surroundings of the Dublin Mountains in a manner that is socially and ecologically sustainable”, according to a statement from the council.

” The project will supply long-term economic benefits by increasing tourist, producing additional invest in regional products and services and developing new employment opportunities in South Dublin County,” said the declaration.

Members of the Save the Hellfire Facebook group posted on Monday that they were “deeply disappointed and shocked” by the decision to push ahead with the task.

The group implicated An Bord Pleanála of supporting a “vanity job” and stated it would study the information of the choice. It also urged its members to voice their objections to local TDs.

Elizabeth Davidson, a member of the Save the Hellfire group, explained the proposal as “outrageous” and stated individuals were shocked the entire job had actually been okayed.

” Never in our wildest dreams did we believe they might have offered approval for the entire thing due to the fact that it’s so bizarre,” Ms Davidson told The Irish Times.

Ms Davidson said the regional community felt as if the 170 submissions made versus the advancement had been “completely overlooked”. If the centre is developed, it will result in substantial traffic jams in the area and damage to the local biodiversity, she added.

The next step is not simply a “simple appeal but a judicial evaluation,” she stated.

Independent regional councillor Alan Edge posted on Facebook that he stayed “implacably opposed” to the advancement and that “you don’t require a EUR22 million building in order to enjoy a wood”.

Nevertheless, mayor of South Dublin County councillor Ed O’Brien said the decision to establish the website had actually been “determined and sets out conditions to ensure that any appointments the neighborhood has about the development are dealt with”.

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