Residents object to pitch nets at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Residents object to pitch nets at Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Picture: Larry Cummins 

PLANNING permission granted to the Cork County Board for permanent pitch nets at Páirc Uí Chaoimh is not quite over the line after an appeal was lodged with An Bord Pleanála.

Cork City Council recently granted retention permission for permanent ball nets at the all-weather pitch at the redeveloped stadium.

The Cork County Board had applied for retention of the nets but local residents had objected claiming the nets were visually intrusive and would cause disturbances to bird and bat species.

Objectors argued retractable netting would be better to allow the nets to be taken down when the pitch was not in use but planning consultants said public safety could not be ensured if semi-permanent nets were in place.

The county board had said the pitch was in use for over 900 hours in 2018 and a planning statement carried out by town planning consultants Coakley O’Neill stated the nets were not obtrusive or disruptive to nature.

The matter has now been referred to An Bord Pleanála following a third party appeal on the basis that the nets are “visually intrusive “ and a hazard to birds and bats.

The appelant has also complained that conditions for planning granted for the stadium redevelopment have not been complied with.

The case is due to be decided on March 23 next year.

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