McManus gets green light for new stables

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Noreen McManus with her husband JP
CONDITIONAL planning permission has been granted for a stable barn development at the family home of JP McManus, Martinstown Stud.

CONDITIONAL planning permission has been granted for a stable barn development at the family home of JP McManus, Martinstown Stud.

An application was lodged by Mr McManus’ wife, Noreen McManus, on July 25 last for a stable barn consisting of 32 stables, a tack room, feed room, blanket room, visitors’ room, canteen and toilet at Martinstown Stud, Ballinscaula, Kilmallock.

Bryan McCarthy and Associates were engaged by Noreen McManus to apply for the planning permission.

The application also includes permission for separate farm storage buildings and a horse walker building, muck trailer ramp, a new farm road, paved yard areas and landscaping.

The application describes Martinstown Stud as “a well-established stud farm containing 235 hectares”.

The farm is split by the Knocklong to Kilmallock road.

“The northern portion of land consists of 100 hectares and contains a number of stable barns totalling 112 stables,” files with the application state.

The main building of the stable barn will have a central cupola feature, with clock, and an equine-themed weather vane with cardinal points.

A central farm access road will be formed, with paddocks on either side.

The access road will lead to a visitors’ parking area and horse showing area directly to the front of the building.

“The entire Martinstown farm will only contain 40 horses during the ‘closed period’ November 1 to January 15 as most of the horses are away with trainers,” it is stated in the files.

Planning permission was granted for the development subject to four conditions.

Prior to the commencement of development, the applicant is to submit to the planning authority for agreement in writing, a waste management plan for the recovery/disposal of all wastes arising from the demolition of the buildings.

All the new hedgerows are to be hedged with a double row of native hedging species eg holly, hawthorn, blackthorn or ash.

The hedgerow is to be trimmed and maintained in a tidy condition at all times.

There are also a number of stipulations in relation to the location and construction of the septic tank.