An Bord Pleanala overturns Council decision on Castletroy school hall

Mike Dwaneal

Reporter:

Mike Dwaneal

LIMERICK County Council’s decision to refuse a Castletroy school permission to convert storage sheds into an assembly hall has been overturned on appeal.

LIMERICK County Council’s decision to refuse a Castletroy school permission to convert storage sheds into an assembly hall has been overturned on appeal.

Pupils at Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh – whose numbers currently stand at 225 – have been in temporary buildings since the school was founded 10 years ago and the board of management is working with the Department of Education on providing a permanent school on the Dublin Road.

But the new building is “at least two and a half years away”, the board wrote in its appeal to An Bord Pleanala.

Earlier this year, Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh submitted plans to convert storage sheds on the Monaleen Road site into an assembly hall, a facility for which they said there was “an urgent need”.

These were refused permission by the County Council on traffic safety grounds.

An Bord Pleanala inspector Hugh Mannion, who visited the site last month, largely agreed with the assessment of the Council’s roads department, who had cited restricted fields of vision at the site entrance, difficulties oncoming motorists had in seeing the entrance and a limited set-down area.

Mr Mannion recommended refusing permission saying the site was “unsuited for the provision of a school”.

But the planning appeals board chose not to accept Mr Mannion’s recommendation and granted permission, stating the plans would not “add in a material way to traffic movements”.