John Lockes GAA plans are approved by council

Tess Felder

Tess Felder

A NEW clubhouse, indoor Astroturf sports hall and other alterations at John Lockes GAA Club grounds in Callan have been given approval by Kilkenny County Council.

The council has recommended that planning permission be granted for demolition of the existing single-storey clubhouse building and blockwork wall bet, construction of a new part two-storey clubhouse building with dressing rooms, shower and toilet facilities, meeting room, gym, medical room and stores, construction of a new indoor Astroturf sports hall, relocation of the main hurling pitch, goals and behind goal nets by approximately 16 metres, a concrete standing terrace behind the western goal, demolition of one dugout and construction of another to match, 65 car parking spaces and two minibus spaces, and all associated site works.

The floor area of the proposed new clubhouse is 635 square metres, compared with the existing clubhouse at 144.3 square metres. The floor area of the proposed Astroturf pitch is 885 square metres.

The council has recommended that permission be granted, subject to 19 conditions, including a development levy of 17,600 euro payable on commencement of the development.

“No bar facilities are allowed in terms of this Permission and no such facilities shall be provided without the benefit of full Planning Permission,” and the clubhouse must not be open for use after 11pm, the planning file states. “The proposed clubhouse shall be used for purposes and functions connected with the Club only, and shall not be used, sold, let or leased for events and functions independent of the club unless otherwise agreed with the Planning Authority.”

Regarding traffic flow, “on match days no parking of vehicles shall take place on the access roads within the Fair Green area. The Applicant shall provide ‘No Parking’ cones and signage or barriers along the access route from the Green Lane/Fair Green junction to the Club’s entrance; and “the Applicant shall ensure that a team of traffic management stewards be put in place for match day traffic”.

Details of any external public address system shall be submitted to, and agreed in writing with, the Planning Authority prior to the first sporting use of the facility; and the planning file notes that “this Permission does not include for floodlighting of the existing playing pitches”.