Joe Russell made his comment yesterday after An Bord Pleanála ruled that the 200,000 tonne ‘berm’ planning application does not constitute strategic infrastructure development (SID).
As a result, Mr Trump’s main Irish firm, TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd is to re-lodge its plans with Clare County Council for the 2.8km barrier or ‘berm’ that will be located on Doughmore beach facing onto the threatened links course.
The resort first lodged plans with the council on February 23; with consultants for the Trump firm warning if the application isn’t successful it “will bring the viability of the entire resort and its potential closure into question”.
However, the council very quickly returned the application to the Trump firm and requested the company consult with An Bord Pleanála to see if the plan represented strategic infrastructure. If that was the case, the application would by-pass Clare County Council and be decided by An Bord Pleanála only.
The Trump firm lodged the planning documents with the appeals board on March 9 and the board has now determined that it doesn’t meet any of the three criteria to be an SID case: These are that the application is not of strategic economic or social importance to the State; is not located in a designated Gateway or Hub and won’t have a significant effect on more than one local authority.
The board inspector noted that the application aims to protect a valuable economic asset to Clare “and could also serve to protect the adjacent farmland from future coastal inundation which would in turn protect local farm livelihoods and incomes”.
Work is conditional on planning permission being secured and the plan is set to face opposition from environmental network, Friends of the Irish Environment. It is likely that An Bord Pleanala will determine the fate of the application after the council makes its decision on the plan.