Saturday 12 January 2008

Appeal against Lough Derg housing and leisure plan

An Bord Pleanála is to consider an appeal against a lakeside development at Lough Derg on the Shannon.

The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, together with a group of local residents, have lodged an appeal to the board against a decision by North Tipperary County Council to grant permission for a major housing and commercial development at Old Court in Terryglass, Co Tipperary.

Developers Gladedale Ltd have been granted planning permission for a sustainable energy housing development, along with a health centre, a marina, shops, a bar/restaurant and a play area for children.

The first part of the planned development provides for a village streetscape comprising of two-three storey units, with peripheral units of one-two stories.

The existing barn is to be converted to apartments, with adjoining storage buildings and a greenhouse to be removed.

The developers also plan to erect an art gallery with an artist studios/management company office, 21 apartments, 15 houses, 22 sustainable energy houses and bin storage areas.

A hair/beauty salon, creche, marine shop, public bar/restaurant, service area, youth recreation centre, public play area, public tennis court, meeting point and communal greenhouse are also proposed.

A service building will accommodate maintenance equipment and a carbon-neutral industrial pellet boiler to service the sustainable energy houses.

A recycling area and 89 car-parking facilities are also included in this phase of the development.

The developers are also proposing a two-storey health centre, a fishing club and a service block for the Old Court site.

The ground floor of the centre will have a reception lobby, lift, gymnasium, coffee shop, storage, toilets, swimming pool, changing rooms, office, plant room and a service area.

The first floor will have a health spa to include lobby, changing rooms, central lounge, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, cold shower rooms, two treatment rooms and balcony area.

Plans for the fishing clubhouse and service block include a private inland marina with service docks using an existing break in the shoreline for an entrance and a separate smaller inland marina to service the fishing club with a new entrance from the lake.

North Tipperary County Council had attached 58 conditions to the granting of planning permission.

An Bord Pleanála is expected to make its ruling on the matter by April.

The Irish Times

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