15th October

Urban beach at Dún Laoghaire gets green light

A €2.5m controversial plan to build an 'urban beach'and outdoor swimming pool at Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, have been granted planning permission.

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Computer-generated view of the 'urban beach' in Dún Laoghaire

The project will be jointly funded by the county council and Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and includes an artificial beach and café, as well as a floating swimming pool with heated treated seawater built on a converted river barge located along the East Pier.

Other facilities include changing rooms, toilets and showers, contained in eight single-storey 'archictural modular pod structures'. An entrance fee similar to a cinema ticket will be charged. Once operational the harbour company says it will attract up to 150,000 visitors and genrate up to €1m annually.

 Twenty-one submissions were lodged during the public consultation process of which 15 objected, broadly on the basis that the money should be used to redevelop the nearby derelict Dún Laoghaire baths.

(Further reading: 'Local action opposes urban bath proposal for Dún Laoghaire' 02/13)

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