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#PortEstate -Chief executive of Dublin Port Eamonn O’Reilly has described as “mad”, “daft” and an “attempt at a landgrab” plans for a Hollywood-style film studio on the Poolbeg Peninsula.
As The Irish Times writes the port company will next month review its master plan which will govern the development of port lands up to 2040.
Mr O’Reilly said no provision would be made for the studio project.
Windmill Lane Studios founder James Morris and film producer Alan Moloney want to develop an €80 million studio complex at the new Poolbeg strategic development zone (SDZ), a 34 hectare site in the city’s east end.
U2 singer Bono has advocated for the project and lobbied former minister for the environment Alan Kelly to support the studio.
About half of the land in the development zone is taken up by the former Irish Glass bottle company and adjoining Fabrizia lands.
Dublin City Council has designated 80 per cent of these lands for apartments, with the remaining 20 per cent of this site earmarked for an office and retail “buffer zone” separating the housing from industrial land banks.
Almost all the remaining lands in the zone are port company-owned, and Mr O’Reilly said they were needed in their entirety for future expansion of the port.
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#Conflict -Dublin Port Company’s opposition to plans for housing on the Poolbeg peninsula, on the basis that at least some of the land may be required for essential port development, raises the fundamental issue of whether this area was ever really suitable for residential-led regeneration.
It is, after all, the location of major industrial installations, including the ESB’s Poolbeg power station, the municipal sewage treatment plant and the controversial waste incinerator, currently under construction. Would anyone want such potentially noxious facilities as neighbours?
There is already serious conflict between port operations and residents on Pigeon House Road, while proposals some years ago for an alternative purpose-built container port at Bremore in north Co Dublin came to nought. Dublin Port Company would have nothing to do with the plan as it had no intention of moving from its current location. For more The Irish Times has a report here.