Saturday 16 December 2017

Faythe Harriers Clubhouse gets the go ahead

By David Tucker

The Faythe Harriers pitch at Park.
The Faythe Harriers pitch at Park.

AN objection to An Bord Pleanala over plans by Faythe Harriers to build a clubhouse on a site in Park has been dismissed, clearing the way for the development to go ahead.

The county council had granted planning permission to the well-known hurling and camogie club for the construction of a two-storey building on the site of a former dump that once served Wexford town.

But Sligo resident Seamus F. Maye, who objected to a previous grant of planning permission for the club house, lodged an objection with the planning appeals board against the latest one, but this has now been rejected.

The county council had granted permission for the clubhouse consisting of gym rooms, gym, assembly/training area, ancillary car parking and site works, connection to existing drains and entrance on to existing new road.

Planning permission had been granted subject to conditions including proper landscaping, and disability access.

In September 2014, An Bord Pleanala overturned a previous grant of planning permission on the grounds that it was it was not satisfied that the excavation of the site development works might not have the potential to impact upon the nearby European sites and 'that in the absence of an appropriate assessment screening report, provided by the applicant, it was precluded from granting planning permission for the development'.

Mr Maye had contended to An Bord Pleanala that the initial application to the planning authority was invalid and that 'there is a conflict of interest concerning the lands involved'.

In its latest report, the Bord Pleanala inspector said that no objections from persons claiming to own the application lands had been received by the Bord.

In its findings in relation to the previous application, the An Bord Pleanala inspector's report said that the dispute over the title and possible conflict of interest on the part of the local authority should be set aside because they were not substantive planning issues that came within its remit in determining decisions of a planning appeal.

The club subsequently submitted a new application prompting the new objection from Mr. Maye.

Mr Maye had contended that the original planning application was invalid and that Wexford County Council did not consider any or all of the grounds of objection as submitted by him.

New of the planning go ahead has been widely greeted in the town although Faythe Harriers could not be reached for comment.

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