Further information sought on plans for Liam’s Lodge respite centre in Blennerville

Kerry County Council has requested further information on a planning application for the Liam’s Lodge children’s respite centre in Blennerville. LiamsLodgeThe Saoirse Foundation lodged the plans in March, and a decision was due this week, however the council has now sought further information. The Foundation previously made an application for a respite centre in 2014 but withdrew the plans. The Saoirse Foundation applied to Kerry County Council in March for permission for Liam’s Lodge, the residential respite and training centre for children with genetic and rare disorders at Curragraigue, Blennerville, Tralee. It’s proposed it’ll comprise eight three-bed residential units, and 14 two-bed residential units, along with therapy and sensory rooms, physiotherapy suites, a playroom, offices, and staff facilities. The works will also include a new access road, carparking, landscaped courtyards, connection to a public sewer, and the demolition of an existing two storey house. Kerry County Council was due to make a decision on Liam’s Lodge on Wednesday (10th of May), however the council has now sought further information on the plans. The Saoirse Foundation now has six months to submit the information, after which the council must make a decision within four weeks. Liam’s Lodge is named in memory of Liam Heffernan from Castledrum, Castlemaine who died at the age of five in 2014 following a battle with the rare disorder Battens Disease. His sister Saoirse also died from the disorder at the age of five in 2011.