National Trust bitterly disappointed at court ruling on Giant’s Causeway development

We’ve posted previously on our legal challenge to a decision to grant planing permission for a golf course development in the setting of the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site. Today the High Court ruled against our challenge.

A National Trust spokesman said:

“The National Trust is bitterly disappointed by the Court’s ruling and we remain convinced that a massive development in the setting of this World Heritage Site is wrong.

“We still believe that if a development of this scale does go ahead in this location, the message is that nowhere in Northern Ireland, no matter how important or protected, is safe from development.

“The ruling today has served to highlight aspects of very serious concern for those partners involved in the care and protection of the World Heritage Site.

“It is essential that we work together to get planning policy right in Northern Ireland to ensure that appropriate development can happen, but not at the expense of our beautiful landscapes and historic places. 

“There are also significant issues regarding the relationship between Government in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and UNESCO that must be addressed to ensure the protection of our World Heritage Site for the long term.”



10 thoughts on “National Trust bitterly disappointed at court ruling on Giant’s Causeway development

  1. I have visited the Giants Causeway and found it to be a magical place – it should be protected for future generations to feel the same emotions that I did. As a NT member I know that this is what you strive for and I find this ruling unbelievable. Is there any petition that can be signed please?

  2. So what happens now? Can the developers now start work? Is there a higher court that this can be taken to? Can pressure be brought to bear on governrment: a public petition started or a request submitted to petition Parliament? Given Unesco is involved is there an international route that could be followed?

  3. Surely a golf course will cause additional damage, wear and tear and harm wildlife at the unique tourism setting??? Why would anyone allow a GOLF course there! Utterly damming and shameful! It just goes to show what money grabbing bureaucratic hypocrites the government are at the moment! It would harm tourism, harm the environment and harm the public’s perception of the government further…..

  4. Thank you for drawing attention to this matter and bearing the costs, financial and otherwise, for protecting and preserving this beautiful world heritage site. I did not understand your statement about the Irish language but do hope your organization embraces lingual diversity.

  5. Wondering if the dunes have properly surveyed for Annex II species Petalwort and Narrow-mouthed whorl snail (particularly since the snail’s only known sites are at the adjacent North Antrim Coast SAC)?? There are areas of bear sand and wet dune slacks visible from Google Earth, so the habitat is potentially there. If any of these species were found, the ecological impact would have to be reconsidered.

  6. To avoid losing it nature needs to pay its way. It’s the only thing counsellors, land owners, corrupt politicians and officials understand.

    I am sad for the people who need to fill their pockets with cash at the expense of common sense and public courtesy.

    Same thing happened in Scotland recently. See “You’ve been trumped” wins best documentary about the effects of Donald Trump’s new golf course.

  7. I dont feel how this can have a serious impact on the environment, the concept is in keeping with the surroundings and the with the grass roof system that would be incorporated, it could create habitats for wildlife and helps to blend into our beautiful landscape, unlike the monstrosity of the new causeway centre which looks more like a prison than blending in! I feel your views are very contradicting and that the National Trusts main goal these days is to make money. Where exactly does all this money go to? I certainly dont feel much of it is being used on the proper conservation of these sites, is there a list of restorations that have been done lately. Would be nice to see were the money has went. This new gold course would bring more tourism, more jobs to build the development and also jobs when it is there. I think in a time of recession, its about time the National Trust would see this and be more for the people than a small amount of land!

    • The National Trust do indeed provide comprehensive reports on their spending, you can download them from here

      I’m just a member and regular visitor to NT properties and my personal opinion is they are true value for money.

      I haven’t been to the Giants Causeway yet, something I hope to remedy this year. If the building is not in keeping with the surrounding area it may warrant a finger-wag but would think that is best aimed at the local planning department than the NT who probably agree with you on that point.

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