LIMERICK County Council has refused planning permission for the development of a grass pitch at Staker Wallace GAA club grounds which was to be used by the community, local national schools and a local soccer club as a community sports and athletics pitch.
In refusing permission the council stated that it is clear from conditions attached to the original planning permission for the club grounds “that the use of the facilities at the overall site are restricted in nature and do not provide for use by other clubs or schools”.
Conditional planning permission was granted by the council in 2008 for a state of-the-art playing and training facility at Kilbreedy West, Kilmallock following a land swap in 2006 between JP McManus and Staker Wallace GAA Club.
The deal resulted in the site in Kilbreedy West being transferred into the ownership of Staker Wallace GAA Club and Bulgaden/Martinstown Community Committee in return for the former club/community grounds beside Martinstown Stud – the home of the McManus family - which was transformed into an elaborate entrance to the Palladian-style mansion.
The granting of permission for the new club grounds was subject to a number of conditions, and activities on the site were limited to local community events only such as GAA games.
The training pitch, running track and clubhouse, the council said, are to serve the Staker Wallace club only.