Ballybunion housing development gets the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has granted permission for the construction of 20 affordable houses and a community building in Ballybunion. The 2 million euro development was objected to by the Marconi Residents Association. The Respond Housing Group applied to build in Ballybunion following an invitation by Kerry County Council for more social housing in the area.Following a site investigation An bord Pleanala has agreed to give the go ahead to the development subject to 14 conditions. The Marconi Residents Association lodged their objections citing that Ballybunion already has a sufficient number of respond houses in the town. However An Bord Pleanala found that the Respond houses presently in the town catered for the elderly and this development would provide rental accommodation for families off the local authority list.A strong objection was made against the construction of a community building. The group felt there was a sufficient community centre already in the town. However it was found that the community building was small and would cater principally for the residents of the proposes development. A request was also made by the residents association for a wall to be built separating their estate from the proposed estate. The board recommended that permission be granted as it would not injure the amenities of the area.