Updated: 30/03/17 : 04:39:27
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Strandhill go-ahead for surfing, community centre

A SURFING and community centre building has got the go-ahead in Strandhill.

It will involved a new two storey building, which also proposes a retail unit.

There will be changing facilities and ''upper floor multi purpose space.''

The plan involves the demolition of an existing dwelling at Shore Road, the developers have said.

These developers are Strandhill Community Maritime Company Limited.

Its directors include Cllr Declan Bree, nominated as a local representative.

Sligo County Council said 'Yes' six months ago but a detailed appeal was lodged with statutory appeals agency, Bord Pleanala.

Neil Byrne raised both operational and site management issues for the site.

These included refuse disposal and the run-off of water from outdoor showers at the new facility.

Windows Opaque

He also said that rooflights should replace gable windows which overlooked his property, Mammy Johnstone.

But the developers said such a request was ''excessive and unwarranted.''

Pleanala has now ruled that the windows must be opaque -- ''permanently obscured glazing,'' it said.

Pleanala Inspector Jane Dennehy prepared a 27 page assessment earlier this year for her Board.
See link below.

                      The proposed new Strandhill development beside Shells Café (right)

Peace Park

Proximity to the local Peace Park and the potential for anti-social behaviour around the new site were featured in the Inspector's report.

The new development will see a boundary wall to the Peace Park dismantled to offer pedestrian access to the new facility.

The Pleanala Inspector recommended permission, with several conditions attached.

The Board can make a decision irrespective of any Inspector's recommendations.

The parties have been notified and full details of the decision were published online last night, Wednesday 29/3/2017

Link: http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/247450.htm

              The rear aspect of the proposed Strandhill Community and Surfing Centre