Project Type: Construction
Location: Curran Strand, Portrush
Coordinates: Irish Grid Reference 55.206693, -6.6154245
Applicant: Royal Portrush Golf Club (Agent – Clyde Shanks)
Status: Application consultation
Royal Portrush Golf Club propose to undertake a coastal protection scheme along a section of coastline to the east of the golf course. This scheme aims to reduce coastal erosion along the Curran Strand dune system and to improve the longevity of the golf course. It is hoped that the scheme will also help to maintain the unique geomorphology and topography of the tall sand hills, and importantly, to retain long term protection to what is the most vulnerable section of the course in particular the 5th green, 6th tees and newly constructed 7th hole.
The works will comprise of an extension to existing coastal defence comprising of a 20 metre rock armour taper and associated sand trap fencing and planting at Curran Strand, Portrush. This project is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment and an Environmental Statement has been prepared.
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is the marine licensing authority for the Northern Ireland inshore region as set out at section 113(6) of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. DAERA is also the appropriate authority under the Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2007 as amended (the EIA Regulations). In determining the application, DAERA as appropriate authority will make the EIA consent decision for the project. DAERA will also make a decision whether to grant regulatory approval (for a marine licence) under Part 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
Additionally, the documents can be viewed free of charge from 26 September 2023 until 07 November 2023 during standard business hours at:Portrush Library
12 Causeway Street
Alternatively, the documents can also be viewed free of charge from 26 September 2023 until 07 November 2023 during standard business hours 9am to 5pm at the Department’s premises at the address below:-Marine Licensing Branch
DAERA Marine & Fisheries Division
1st Floor, Klondyke Building
Gasworks Business park
This project received planning permission, and subsequent variations, from the local planning authority -
Northern Ireland Planning Portal link - Northern Ireland Public Register (planningsystemni.gov.uk)
Planning Application Reference Number - LA01/2017/0539/F, LA01/2021/0822/F and LA01/2021/0738/F
NI Planning Portal Reference – PAO683778, PAO927626 and PAO924695
How to respond
Any person wishing to make representations regarding the application and the environmental statement or, as the case may be, the further information, may do so. Such representations must be made in writing by 07 November 2023.
Any comments received after this date will not be included in the final decision. Representations must be sent to the Marine Licensing Branch address or email address below.
Representations received from members of the public will be dealt with in accordance with Schedule 5 of the EIA Regulations. Please note that comments received will/may be sent to the applicant and may be supplied to any third party, on request.