St Martin’s gets green light

ST MARTIN’S GAA Club in North Kilkenny has been granted permission to build and develop its existing facilities at Coon.

ST MARTIN’S GAA Club in North Kilkenny has been granted permission to build and develop its existing facilities at Coon.

A new indoor training hall is to be built at the north eastern corner of the site. The windowless structure will span over 570 square metres. The club also intends to build a new entrance from the road.

The existing post and wire fence, running in an east-west direction, is to be removed, while a new post and rail fence and planting will be put in along the northern boundary. The current entrance is to be retained, while a new entrance to the club will be located further north, along the western boundary.

The planning authority has given the go-ahead for the works, subject to a number of conditions. The proposed training area is only allowed to be used for purposes and functions connected with the club, and not to be used, sold, let or leased for events and functions independent of the club unless otherwise agreed with the planning authority.

The club has also to confirm with the council the exact details of the access arrangements and sightline details – to be measured from the new road edge. In addition, the club will have to make arrangements to provide for surface water discharge, and the installation of new grating or soakage pits.

The North Kilkenny club was one of a number of clubs from around the county to apply for permission to build at the end of May and early June. Dicksboro, Young Irelands (Gowran), Erin’s Own (Castlecomer), Bennettsbridge and Graignamanagh GAA clubs also applied for permission to build – all within ten days of each other

Clubs and sports centres around Ireland sought planning permission to boost their chances of securing some of the new €30 million fund for sports capital projects – the first such funding to be announced in four years.