Challenge at the Primary Care Center next to Blarney Castle
The operators of Blarney Castle, including castle owner Sir Charles Colthurst, are challenging in the High Court a second development near the Cork tourist attraction.
Last week the Blarney Castle Estate Partnership, made up of Sir Charles and Flintcroft Ltd, was granted court leave to challenge permission for a hotel, a residential development on the former site of the Blarney Park Hotel, 200 yards of attraction.
On Tuesday, Judge Charles Meenan ruled that a second challenge to the partnership at a primary care center, adjoining the commercial/residential development, had been brought before him within the required timeframe.
He adjourned the issue of granting leave in that challenge until next month. The case is against An Bord Pleanála with the promoters of the primary care centre, JAW Asset Holdings Ltd, a notified party.
The first challenge is for the development of an 80 bedroom hotel, licensed supermarket, commercial/office buildings, cafe and 70 residential units in St Ann’s Road Monacnapa, Blarney, Co Cork.
The promoters of it are Irish Conference and Leisure Holdings Ltd. He received planning permission for the An Bord Pleanála development on December 14th.
The Castle Partnership claims, among other things, that the development would seriously damage the character of Blarney Castle and town centre.
It would also seriously compromise the region’s sustainable development by undermining its status as a major tourist attraction, he claims.
The board on Dec. 23 also granted separate approval to JAW Asset Holdings for a three-story primary care center with five ground-floor retail units and a cafe on a site. ‘just over one hectare immediately adjacent to commercial/residential development.
In its second separate legal challenge, the Castle Partnership claims the primary care center development site is at ‘an important gateway to historic Blarney town center for visitors arriving from Kerry and the west along the scenic route designated S39″.
The site is 236 meters from the boundary of the castle estate and approximately 480 meters from the castle itself.
The Castle Partnership claims, among other things, that the council’s own inspector recommended the primary care center be turned down, citing in particular that it would visually dominate the entrance to Blarney town and represent a piecemeal development.
The council gave inadequate reasons for its decision to approve the plan, the castle partnership claims.
There was also a failure to consider it a breach of Blarney Local Plan policies for the protection of tourism and there was a failure to carry out a valid selection process in breach of the legislation on planning and the EU Habitats Directive, it is claimed. .
There has also been a misinterpretation of the development plan and a failure to consider the impact of the development on Blarney Castle, it is further claimed.
The decision also illegally relied on the permission council had granted earlier for the adjacent commercial/residential development, it is claimed.