CCA Documents

Coastal Concern Alliance (CCA) is an independent citizens’ group set up in 2006 to campaign for reform of the undemocratic Foreshore Act 1933 which governs construction at sea, and the introduction of coastal and marine planning to conserve and protect marine wildlife and coastal landscapes and seascapes. We are in favour of offshore renewable energy projects to help cut Ireland’s fossil fuel consumption provided such schemes are sensitively located in line with good international environmental practice. We have been lobbying government on the need to reform foreshore governance since our foundation.

In addition, we have made comprehensive submissions to numerous pertinent public consultations (see below). In the decade since 2006, we have seen the concerns we have raised about: i) the need for proper public consultation on offshore developments and ii) the adverse impact on landscape and marine wildlife of inappropriately sited offshore wind farms, become mainstream throughout the EU.

A main focus of CCA submissions in recent years has been the developer-led nature of the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) drafted by Minister Eamon Ryan in 2010 and adopted by Government in 2014. This Plan and its accompanying SEA Environmental Report is a clear example of retrospective planning. It encompasses and endorses massive developments with hundreds of giant turbines permitted (1,600 MW ) and progressed (2,000MW) in full view of the high amenity coasts of Wicklow, Dublin and Louth during the Celtic Tiger years under outdated legislation (Foreshore Act 1933), with no Plan, no Strategic Environmental Assessment, no public tender for sites, and on the sole authority of the Minister for the Marine with no statutory involvement of local authorities, no public right of appeal and no independent professional assessment of visual impact on adjoining coastlines.

There is full knowledge at all levels of government of these legacy issues which must be addressed if Ireland’s seas are to be governed in a democratic manner in the public interest.

National Marine Planning Framework, April 2020

CCA submission to Public Consultation on the draft Plan


'Sandbanks slightly covered by seawater at all times': Factors relevant to Conservation, December 2019.

Document prepared by CCA


Marine Planning Policy Statement, August 2019

CCA Submission to Public Consultation


National Marine Planning Framework Baseline Report 2018

Submission to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, December 2018


Already Existing Renewable Infrastructure

CCA Document , 2018


Mid Term Review of the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan 2014

Submission to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, December 2017


Ireland 2040 Our Plan – Draft National Planning Framework

Submission to the Department of Housing Planning & Local Government, November 2017


Citizens' Assembly. Making Ireland a leader in tackling Climate Change

Submission, August 2017


Arklow Energy Ltd: Application for Dumping at Sea Permit

Submission on Arklow Energy Ltd application to the EPA for a permit for seabed levelling by sea plough of 99.999 tonnes of material (sand and gravel) over an 8 year period, January 2017


Draft Guidance on Environmental Impact Statement and Natura Impact Statement for Offshore Renewable Energy Project prepared by McCabe, Durney, Barnes

Submission for the Environmental Working Group of the Offshore Renewable Energy Steering Group and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, December 2016


Galway Bay Marine & Renewable Energy Test Site.

Submission, September 2016


Draft regulations to transpose the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive into Irish Law.

Submission, May 2016


Government plan threatens east coast – Briefing Document

Briefing Document, February 2016


Offshore Wind - A planning scandal

Briefing Document, April 2015


A draft National Landscape Strategy for Ireland 2014-2024

Submission to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, August 2014


Irish Offshore Wind – Urgent need for reform of foreshore governance

Presentation to Parliamentary Labour Party, February 2014


Maritime Area & Foreshore (Amendment) Bill 2013

1. Presentation to JOC on Draft Legislation, November 2013

2. Speakers’ Notes for JOC Presentation, November 2013


Dublin Array Offshore Windfarm

Response to Environmental Impact Statement, May 2013


Dublin Array Offshore Windfarm. Visual Impact Assessment Photomontages

East Coast Wind Farm Photomontages, 2013


A New Planning and Consent Architecture for Development in the Marine Area

Comment on Discussion Document, February 2013


Our Ocean Wealth

Comment, March 2012


Global Offshore Wind Farms: Comparison with Ireland

Publication, March 2012


Wicklow Offshore Wind Farms: Speculation and Inadequate Regulation

CCA Publication, April 2012


Providence Resources Application for Foreshore Licence in Kish Basin

Response, February 2012


Irish Offshore Wind: Beyond the Reach of Planning?

Publication, 2012


National Landscape Strategy Consultation

Submission, November 2011


SEA of the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan

Submission, May 2011


Draft Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan

Response to Strategic Environmental Assessment, May 2011


National Renewable Energy Action Plan

Submission to Department of Communications Energy & Natural Resources, June 2010


Scoping for SEA on Plans to develop Offshore Renewable Energy

Consultation response, November 2009


Photomontages & Visual Impact Assessment of Offshore Windfarms

Comment, 2009


Sceirde Offshore Windfarm Foreshore Lease Application

Response to Environmental Impact Statement, February 2009


Oriel Windfarm Foreshore Lease Application

Response to Environmental Impact Statement, June 2007


Energy Green Paper

Comment, November 2006


Energy Green Paper: Towards a Sustainable Energy future for Ireland

Submission to Energy Planning Division, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, November 2006


Ireland: Offshore Wind Farm Development 2002-2010

Ireland Offshore Wind Farm Development: 2002-2010