Wednesday 28 September 2016

Trump's great wall of Doonbeg can't hold back planning tide

Gordon Deegan

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

US billionaire and political hopeful Donald Trump bought Doonbeg golf links in Co Clare
US billionaire and political hopeful Donald Trump bought Doonbeg golf links in Co Clare

Donald Trump's plans to construct a €10m barrier at Doonbeg have failed to meet An Bord Pleanála guidelines.

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The 200,000-tonne rock barrier does not constitute Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID), according to An Bord Pleanála.

Now, the US billionaire's firm TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd has to go back to 'square one' and relodge its plans with Clare County Council for the 'berm' that will be located on Doughmore beach.

Work at the Doonbeg golf resort previously stalled in 2014 after environmentalists expressed concerns that building would disrupt the habitat of the narrow-mouth whorl snail.

The Trump organisation agreed to remediate the course as a result.

The consultation with An Bord Pleanála has cost the Trump company two months in lost time.

Irish Independent

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