Plans for a €12m white-water rafting course in Dublin's IFSC have been passed by local councillors.

As well as a slalom course around George's Dock basin, the facility will include a central flat pool for use for flat kayaking, canoe polo and water polo.

There will be a training facility for Dublin Fire Brigade with a "swift water rescue centre with floodable urban street with mock enclosures forming a 'rescue village’".

It will also involve the demolition of existing buildings once used by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and the construction of changing and storage facilities as well as enhanced public space area.

The development will also involve a water pumping station, water treatment plant and kayak/raft conveyor.

There were 41 submissions from public consultation, mostly supportive of the project as a sporting facility for the area and an improvement for George’s Dock.

There were some concerns about noise including a request for clarification from Trinity College about the effect of vibration from water pumps on basement laboratories it has nearby.

However the council report stated that the pumps are virtually silent and without vibration while the main sound will be that of water being pumped around the course. The report said this would not be audible above background road traffic noise.

The report pointed out that the site is not noise sensitive as it is in an urban environment and has hosted Oktoberfest and Christmas Markets in the past.

It also states that "George’s Dock is currently under-utilised and in a state of disrepair".

There were some objections including claims that the facility was a waste of money or that it should be used for markets.

However the plan was given the go-ahead by local councillors on the Central Area committee.

Local independent councillor Christy Burke said: "It will be great for the community, for clubs and for those lads who jump off the quays during the summer."

The plan will now go to the December monthly meeting for approval which normally passes plans agreed by local area committee.