Blackrock RFC has told Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council that the club's finances "are under particular strain – with significant debt levels" and that the existing facilities "leave so much to be desired" with "sparse and poor" changing facilities.
The club wants some of its land at Stradbrook Road in Blackrock rezoned by the council in the 2010 county development plan because it is considering the sale "of a small portion of their land assets."
The club wants the one-acre rezoned to allow "economic development and employment uses" be carried out there. However, it stressed that it was planning to stay at Stradbrook saying the rezoning would "facilitate the necessary income generation to allow the club" remain there.
The majority of the site is currently zoned "to preserve and to provide for open space and recreational amenities" and the club wants this "modified to explicitly include exceptional circumstances under which residential uses may be considered."