PEOPLE living in one of Kerry’s most popular seaside areas have lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála against a major caravan park.
Residents of Banna, near Tralee, say they already have enough caravans and mobile homes in the area and claim the local infrastructure is not capable of servicing any further developments.
They are up in arms against a decision of Kerry County Council to give planning permission for 161 caravans at Banna Mountain to Killorglin-based developer Liam West.
The planning also allows for the development of a waste water treatment plant, constructed wetland as well as a shop and launderette on the 37-acre site.
Banna/Carrahan Residents’ Action Group claim the area’s fragile environment will be disturbed.
They also say large mobile homes and caravans vastly outnumber permanent houses in the area.
However, Mr West said he had carried out a full environmental impact study and that the caravan park would be constructed to the highest modern standards.
Meanwhile, a high rise development, which had been given the green light by Tralee Town Council, for the Ballymullen area of Tralee, has been turned down by An Bord Pleanála.
Local residents had objected to the four-storey development, claiming it would tower over their homes.
A Dublin construction company had been given permission for four office blocks and a 33-unit apartment complex on the site.
But, An Bord Pleanála agreed with residents’ claims that the development would increase traffic and could give rise to flooding.