It is considered that the existing buildings have the potential to attract and support marine related uses. The demolition of these buildings in the absence of acceptable redevelopment proposals would significantly limit the potential of the harbour area to attract, support and maintain marine related uses and activities and would limit the scale and diversity of such uses, which the harbour area could support. The proposed development would therefore be contrary to the land use zoning objective for this site of providing for waterfront development and harbour related uses, as set out in the 2016-2022 Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Development Plan. The proposed development would therefore be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of this area.
2. The buildings proposed for demolition are considered to enclose the harbour quay and inform the existing character and amenities of the immediate harbour area. The demolition of the buildings would significantly reduce the sense of enclosure, both visual and physical, along the quay and would have a seriously injurious impact on the visual amenities and character of this area. In the absence of acceptable redevelopment proposals for the site, it is considered that the demolition works as proposed would be seriously injurious to the existing character and visual amenities within the harbour area and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of this area.