Trump International Doonbeg have been granted conditional planning permission for controversial coastal protection works.
The decision has been announced by Clare County Council this afternoon.
The application on behalf of Trump International Golf Links Enterprises sought permission to erect two structures at either end of Doughmore Beach, which is adjacent to the golf course.
Totalling 850m in length, these will be made up of re-enforced sheet piling, covered with sand and cobbles and ‘screened from view.’
Clare County Council has now confirmed that it has granted planning permission for the works, subject to nine conditions.
This includes a provision which states that public access and rights of way to Doughmore Beach should not be obstructed, and another that the Resort pays contributions to the Council of just over €265,000.
Clare County Council has today issued a decision to grant permission for the development of coastal erosion management works at, and adjacent to, Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg, Clare pic.twitter.com/kch6i5GxUR
— Clare County Council (@ClareCoCo) December 21, 2017
In a statement to Clare FM, Trump Doonbeg says they are very pleased with the decision, and that it “demonstrates Clare County Council’s commitment to support local business.”
The company also says it will proceed with what it calls “ambitious” plans to protect and expand their facilities at Doonbeg.
This application was the subject of over fifty public submissions, many of which opposed the development.
One of those, Friends of the Irish Environment, says they’re “in shock” and that the decision “must be appealed.”
Today’s decision can be further appealed to An Bord Pleanala.