Objection to Techcrete site proposal

I have objected to the proposed 8-storey buildings on the Techrete site.  The site has the potential to be a great contribution to Howth, but the current application is about twice the height it should be.

Cllr David Healy
Green Party/Comhaontas Glas
Howth ward  / Ceantar Bhinn Éadair


54, Páirc Éabhóra,
Beann Éadair,
Co. Bh.Á.C.

087 6178852

Planning Department,
Fingal County Council

Re: Techrete site application, F08A/1172

A chairde,

I refer to the above application and wish to state my opposition to the current proposal.

There are many welcome elements to the proposed application.  This is a good brownfield development site with the potential to house a major improvement to the area.  However, there are fundamental problems with the current application which mean it should be refused.

The EIS is inadequate in many respects but in particular in relation to overshadowing of the beach and promenade.

The appropriate building height for the site is about 4 stories, given the escarpment behind the site and the overshadowing impacts on the beach

Views from the Howth Road to the sea and Ireland’s Eye must be protected and new views created.  Although the photomontages are inadequate, it seems that the proposed development would not give sufficient good views through.

The proposed Community Centre should be on the east of the site, on the former Teelings garage near the Dart station, so that it is in walking distance of most of the houses of Howth, and near public transport and existing parking.

I enclose the required €20 fee.  I also enclose a copy of my comments in relation to the Howth Urban Centre Strategy much of which is relevant to this application.


Cllr. David Healy