A DECISION by Kerry County Council to refuse planning permission for floodlights at a soccer pitch, in Listowel, has been upheld by An Bord Pleanála.
The proposed floodlights on six masts at the Listowel Celtic FC grounds would seriously injure the amenities of nearby properties, the appeals board ruled.
An application to build a viewing stand was also rejected as it would involve an "unacceptable intensification" of use of the club’s facilities and endanger public safety by creating a traffic hazard.
The club’s grounds are on a site close to Listowel Racecourse, about two kilometres outside the town.
The county council had refused planning for the floodlights, but had given the go-ahead for the retention of an artificial pitch and other facilities at the grounds.
The argument put by the appellant John Joy, against the floodlights and stand, was on the basis of noise, late-night activity and general disturbance. It was also claimed there would be a detrimental impact on houses in the area and on a rural setting.