National Trust applies for Causeway planning approval

Eight years after the previous visitors’ centre burned down, the National Trust have applied for planning permission for a new visitors’ centre at the Giants’ Causeway. The Trust is to provide £6million and hopes to be able to access other funding sources to reduce the cost to the public purse to approximately £9million. The plan is to build the centre designed by the Dublin-based architects who won an International Design Competition in 2005. Those plans were put on hold in September 2007, by then-Tourism Minister Nigel Dodds, following Environment Minister Arlene Foster’s ministerial mindedness to approve private developer Seymour Sweeney’s plans. The Environment Minister eventually changed her mind, and is now the Tourism Minister..

The trust’s Northern Ireland director, Hilary McGrady, said: “Key to all of this is that this investment will ensure that the Giant’s Causeway visitor facilities remain in public ownership”

Then there’s the issue of what information will be in the visitors’ centre..