Community center appeals against development of football club

An artist’s impression of the plans of the Kilnamanagh football club

THE Kilnamanagh Family Recreation Center is seeking leave to appeal the South Dublin County Council’s decision to grant Kilnamanagh AFC permission to build a new clubhouse on Treepark Road.

Center management specifically wants to appeal to the parking aspect of the licensed development, as the proposed parking lot for the clubhouse is within the community center lot.

An Bord Pleanála this month received the application for leave to appeal from the community center, filed by the president of the Kilnamanagh Family Recreation Center, Martin O’Brien.

Mr O’Brien said leave to appeal focused on “only one aspect of the development, namely the 67 parking spaces which the applicant was subsequently asked to provide”.

The 67 parking spaces were not in the football club‘s original building permit application, but were added to the request at a later stage via additional information requested by the council.

The parking spaces “are not on the land of the proposed development but are located on the land of our community center,” said Mr. O’Brien.

“These 67 parking spaces are already part of the 99 parking spaces that we ourselves had to submit to the town planning authority when we requested approval for an extension of our building.

“This raises serious liability insurance issues as it now appears that there is a liability conflict between us and the Kilnamanagh AFC.”

However, Mr O’Brien added that the community center is “extremely open” to working with the football club to find “a viable alternative” to the location of the parking spaces.

He suggested the development of a grassed area which is not currently used as a potential location for parking spaces.

A decision on the community center’s application for leave to appeal is due by An Bord Pleanála by January 14.

The state-of-the-art clubhouse on Treepark Road is to be developed at a cost of around € 500,000, for which the club has raised funds in recent months.

Facilities at the clubhouse include changing rooms, restrooms, referee room, club shop, treatment room, and outdoor weight training and conditioning area.

South Dublin County Council granted a building permit for the clubhouse on November 11.