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Drop in Kerry House Planning Applications

15 Apr

There’s been a 24% drop in the number of planning applications for houses in Kerry during the first two months of this year.

house buildingAccording to figures from the National Housing Construction Index, 39 applications were made in January and February, compared to 51 in the same two months last year; that’s a 24% drop, compared to the national average of 3%. Planning commencements in Kerry also dropped during the same period, down 4%, performing better than the national average that has fallen by 14%.

Work to start late this year on new facility for Kerry hospice

27 Mar

It’s hoped that work will begin on a new extension to the Palliative Care Unit of Kerry General Hospital, later this year.

Work to start late this year on new facility for Kerry hospice

Fundraisers with the Kerry Hospice have already raised €3 million of the €4.5 million cost of the new unit, which will include 15 en suite single rooms for patients with terminal illnesses. Architects will visit the site within the next fortnight, with planning permission being lodged and tenders being sought as soon as possible afterwards. Nursing Manager with the Suiamhneas Palliative Care Unit, Mari O’Connell, says the new facility will make a huge difference to both staff and patients at the hospice

via Radio Kerry.

List of unfinished housing estates in Kerry exempt from property tax

22 Mar

List of unfinished housing estates in Kerry exempt from property tax:

  • Abbeyville, Montanagay, Abbeydorney
  • An Tobar, Duagh
  • Ard na Greine, Knockvota, Milltown
  • Ballyconnell Heights, Ballyconnell, Kilflynn
  • Bruach na hAbhainn, Montanagay, Abbeydorney
  • Caherdown Woods, Ballygillogue, Listowel
  • Caislean Nua, Cahereen Heights, Castleisland
  • Carraig Dun, Ballymacprior, Killorglin
  • Clashlehane Meadows, Ballinaorig West, Tralee
  • Development under PP ref 04/2194, Ballyeagh, Ballybunion
  • Development under PP ref 04/4045, Killocrim, Listowel
  • Development under PP ref 02/1245, Brackhill, Castlemaine
  • Development under PP ref 04/1490, Ballyluskey, Ballydavid
  • Development under PP ref 05/1, Moynsha, Shanbally, Abbeyfeale
  • Development under PP ref 07/4689, Ballydribeen, Killarney
  • Development under PP ref 99/1716 and 04/2981, Clahane, Tralee
  • Fair Amach, Ballinaskelligs, Waterville
  • Forge Lane, Barraduff
  • Hawthorn Place, Cahereen West, Castlghost estateeisland
  • Hazelbrook, Doonard Lower, Tarbert
  • Innisfallen, Rookery Road, Killarney
  • Innisfallen Mews, Rookery Road, Killarney
  • Laurel Avenue, Knockavota, Milltown
  • River Drive, Castletown, Kilflynn Village
  • Rosscarton, Ballycarthy, Tralee
  • Sail Ardan, Park Road, Killarney
  • Castlemorris Caherdown Wood, Ballygillogue, Listowel

via List of unfinished housing estates in Kerry exempt from property tax.

Liebherr extension granted planning permission

7 Dec

Liebherr Container Cranes has been given the go ahead to expand its Killarney factory. Kerry County Council has granted planning permission subject to 11 conditions for a facility in which container crane components will be made. The proposed new building is to be located in the existing factory grounds in Gortroe, Killarney. This production facility will also have accompanying office and storage buildings.

Major Fenit Harbour development to go ahead

5 Dec

Plans for a major development at Fenit Harbour have been given the go ahead. Kerry County Council has granted Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners planning permission for the expansion and development project, subject to 19 conditions. The plans involve the provision of a new 210 berth marina expansion, a new boat lift, oyster training bays, and additional car parking. They also include the extension of existing and development of new break waters.

Killarney Rugby Club relocating to Aghadoe

11 Nov
English: Panoramic view from Aghadoe in Killar...

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Plans to relocate Killarney Rugby Club to Aghadoe have been given the go ahead. Last year, the club was refused permission to establish a new base in Kilcummin. Since 1993, it’s been leasing land from the HSE in Ballydribeen, but it was due to have left the site by August last year.

Kerry County Council has granted Killarney Rugby Football Club planning permission to develop pitches and a clubhouse at Caher, Aghadoe, Killarney.  In 2009 the club applied for permission to establish a new base in Kilcummin, however that was refused last year because of concerns over percolation, its proximity to an area of archaeological interest, and issues over sight lines.

These latest plans for Aghadoe, which also include flood lights, parking, an access roadway, footpaths, an entrance wall and signage, have been given the go ahead by Kerry County Council subject to 22 conditions.

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Plan to freeze 108 hectares of zoned lands in Killarney

18 Oct

An Irish Town Planner’s Blog: Plan to freeze 108 hectares of zoned lands in Killarney.

A plan goes before the public in Killarney this week to freeze more than 108 hectares of land zoned residential in the current town development plan which was drafted during the boom.

Rezoning of lands by the town council proved highly controversial in the past decade.

Killarney has 133.5 hectares of land zoned for residential development, when it needs just over 25 hectares for realistic population growth of 2,000 people by 2016.

The town has enough land zoned residential to cater for almost six times its realistic population growth, planners have found after carrying out an assessment to bring local policy into line with national guidelines.

The planners have selected the 25.4 hectares which they say should be allowed to be developed over the next four years in what they designate as “phase one” development, and they are putting on display the 108 hectares they intend to freeze or lock down for the next four years.

Irish Times writer criticises planning in Kerry

13 Sep

The Environmental Editor of the Irish Times has criticised planning in Kerry. Frank McDonald says after a recent trip to the county, he witnessed unrestricted housing. There are 34,000 one off houses in Kerry which account for more than half the total housing stock.

He has also accused Kerry County Council of damaging the landscape, citing road widening coming into Dingle from the Conor Pass and what he calls ‘ugly’ concrete barriers at Coomakista. Mr McDonald hopes people will learn from their mistakes, but stops short of suggesting ghost estates should be bull-dozed to the ground.

Read original atricle @ The Irish Times

Bord Pleanála criticises Council’s 1km rule

13 Sep

AN Bord Pleanála has once again criticised Kerry County Council’s controversial 1km rule, accusing the local authority of having conflicting policies and objectives when it comes to granting permission for telecommunications masts.

Overruling yet another Kerry County Council decision to refuse planning for the retention of a mast in Lyreacrompane, the planning appeals board said it failed to understand how the council can claim to support the development of efficient telecommunications masts, yet will not allow them within one kilometre of properties, schools, hospitals or inhabited structures.
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Killarney Rugby Club refused planning permission

9 Mar

An ambitious project by a sports club has been shot down by Kerry County Council. The council has refused Killarney Rugby Club planning permission to establish a new base in Kilcummin. Killarney Rugby Club’s plans for the site at Inchycullane, Kilcummin included building a sports hall as well as developing three pitches – one of which was to be all weather – as well as flood lighting and parking. However, the local authority refused permission because of concerns over percolation, the development’s nearness to an area of archaeological interest and issues over sight lines. Sightlines relate to road safety – they are the lines of vision available from a proposed or existing entrance onto a public road.

Chairman of Killarney Rugby Club, Liam McGuire says they are looking at several options, including the possibility of appealing to An Bord Pleanála. Since 1993, the club has been leasing land from the HSE and by agreement with the health authority; it must leave the grounds in Ballydribeen by August.

via Radio Kerry News.