Plan for multi million euro sports centre of excellence in Oranmore hits roadblock

Galway Bay fm newsroom:

A plan for a multi-million euro sports centre of excellence in Oranmore has encountered a setback.

The project led by Renville Sports Project Committee on behalf of Oranmore Maree GAA Club has been appealed by a group of local residents.

The proposed centre would be located on 34 acres of land at Renville Park and include all-weather and floodlight full size pitches, running tracks, a clubhouse and children’s playground.

Renville Sports Project Committee was granted permission for the development at Renville West last month (July).

County planners attached 15 conditions with one stipulating that the all-weather pitches can’t be used after 10 o’clock at night.

However the plan has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanala by a group of local residents.

They have raised concerns over a number of areas with a focus on traffic, environment, archaeology, community gain, visual impact and impact on residential dwellings.

The group argues the proposal is of an excessive scale for the sensitive receiving environment and that it was put forward without meaningful consultation with the local community.

The higher planning authority is due to make its decision in December.