Objectors to plans for a development on the Great Blasket Island off the coast of Kerry will air their grievances at a planning hearing this week, writes Áine Maguire.
An Bord Pleanála is holding a three-day oral hearing into plans by An Blascaoid Mór Teoranta (BMT), which owns a large portion of the land on the island, to build a cafe and services building.
The proposed building is a key part of an agreement between BMT and the Office of Public Works, which provides for the state to purchase much of BMT’s land if permission for the building is granted.
The government has set aside €8.5 million to develop the island into a national park and apply for Unesco World Heritage Site status.
BMT received planning permission for a development on the island from Kerry County Council in 2005, but this was later overturned by An Bord Pleanála.
A revised application by BMT was granted planning permission by the council in November last year, but it has been appealed by a number of parties.
Sue Redican, a weaver who has lived on the island for 21 years, said she objected to the development on the basis that the proposed building was visually obtrusive.
The Bord Pleanála hearing will take place from Tuesday to Thursday at the Institute of Education and Celtic Culture in Dingle. A spokesman for An Bord Pleanála said that the planning body expected to issue its decision on September 29.
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