Graine Development Association has been granted permission to carry out major works to its community hall at Woodsgift, near Urlingford.
Kilkenny County Council has given the go-ahead for the association to demolish the existing flat-roof structures and outbuilding, and to construct instead a new pitched-roof extension incorporating a meeting room, entrance lobby and toilets. The plans also include an upgrading of the existing wastewater treatment system.
The building is currently used as the Graine Community Hall and is located opposite the local church. The new extension is to be 40 square metres larger than the structure to be torn down.
The proposal also includes the removal of a low stone wall bounding the public road and close to the entrance to the community hall and the installation of a new galvanised one-metre high steel railing. The railing is intended as a safety mechanism for pedestrians using the community hall.
The initial proposal, which includes the installation of a new septic tank and percolation area, did not meet EPA requirements. The site is located in an area of high vulnerability to a regionally-important aquifer.
The Environment Officer noted that for a population equivalent of 14 persons, 252 linear meters of percolation trenching was required as per the EPA’s Code of Practice. However, the original proposal was for 100m of percolation trenching only.
A revised submission was made however, and the Environment Officer is satisfied with the details. The Conservation Officer has voiced no objection to the proposal from an architectural conservation perspective, while there was also no objection to the current proposal from a traffic safety perspective subject to conditions.
However, the fire officer has said that the development requires a fire safety certificate before works can begin.