GAA plans face further obstacles

Revised plans by the Longford GAA County Board to build a training facility at Lyneen, Killashee, are facing objections from members of the public. Longford County Council Planning Office has received three submissions to date querying the proposed development which includes three all weather training pitches, 18 floodlights and a 1,392m squared clubhouse.

Revised plans by the Longford GAA County Board to build a training facility at Lyneen, Killashee, are facing objections from members of the public. Longford County Council Planning Office has received three submissions to date querying the proposed development which includes three all weather training pitches, 18 floodlights and a 1,392m squared clubhouse.

The new proposals by Longford GAA County Board include a clubhouse which consists of six dressing rooms, gymnasium, first aid room, referee’s dressing room, entrance/lobby, kitchen, dining/team meeting room, two offices, toilets, showers and physiotherapy room all at ground floor level. The facility also includes a weights room, plant room and a meeting room at first floor level.

“The proposed development also provides for the widening of the existing entrance and the creation of an internal roadway and car park with 103 regular car parking spaces, six disabled parking spaces and six coach parking spaces, all associated drainage, signage and site development works,” stated Longford GAA County Board in their submission to Longford County Council.

Seamus Quinn of Master Consultancy Bureau Ltd welcomed the development but made a submission with respect to the file requesting further information.

“We have concerns in relation to the following matters; 1. Levels of the finished playing surfaces, 2. Flooding of lands in the vicinity of the proposed development, 3. Attenuation capacity for surface water, 4. Source of fill material required to raise surface levels, 5. traffic capacity on the R398 road over its entire length and 6. Location of this training facility in this particular location.”

Liam Madden of Vitruvius Hibernicus Ltd, Convent Road, Longford, made a submission to the County Council’s planning office.

Mr Madden stated that the revised application by Longford GAA County Board was for all intents and purposes “identical in nature and extent and this has been refused by An Bord for the most fundamental reasons”.

In a separate submission Bernadette O’Dowd also pointed to objections previously cited in the first application by the Longford GAA County Board. These objections included: “a. the creation of a private nuisance by floodlight intrusion and the consequential diminution of the residential amenity I enjoy and to which I have a constitutional right. b. private nuisance arising from the concentration of traffic using a network of minor back roads which are unsuitable, c. overlooking, d. the unsustainable and inappropriate selection of this site when it was as plain as a pikestaff that the correct location for such a development, termed a Centre of Excellence, was beside the County Grounds, Pearse Park.”

A final decision on the file is due by August 25 2011.