Planners ignored as rezoning granted for Paidi O Se

8 Apr

County councillors have again ignored their senior planners’ advice and granted a controversial land rezoning to Gaelic football legend Paidi O Se. The zoning clears the way for Mr O Se to apply for planning permission for a sports interpretive centre, with commercial accommodation, at his popular pub in Ventry, on the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry.

The land, in a scenic area less than a third of a mile from the sea, had prime special amenity zoning, but now has residential/ opportunity zoning in the new Kerry County Development Plan 2009 to 2015, which has been adopted.

Senior council planning engineer Tom Sheehy said he had no difficulty with the sports interpretive centre aspect of Mr O Se’s development, but having commercial accommodation on a sensitive landscape between the Slea Head road and the sea would be totally inappropriate. He also said applications for rezonings by other people in the area had already been refused and he did not believe exceptions should be made.

Mr Sheehy said the idea of allowing holiday homes so as to make a tourism project viable had previously been rejected by councillors arising from submissions by private golf clubs. The rezoning request by the holder of eight All-Ireland medals and Failte Ireland director was opposed by two Ventry groups, Fis Fionn Tra and Intire.

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One Response to “Planners ignored as rezoning granted for Paidi O Se”

  1. Dave Meehan April 8, 2009 at 09:40 #

    We need to change the planning system in this country. Why are councillors with no planning expertise or qualifications not only making the decisions, but ignoring the advise from the senior planners?

    If politicians are going to ignore the planners advise anyway, why are we taxpayers paying their wages.

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