Liam’s Lodge planning application attracts just one objection

Bumbleance & Miriam A Cork resident has objected to the proposal to build a respite and training centre for children with genetic and rare disorders in Blennerville. The Saoirse Foundation has applied to Kerry County Council for permission to build Ireland’s first facility of its kind on a site at Curragraigue. The centre will comprise 29 self contained family units, and will provide day care facilities and therapy units. Outreach nursing to children being cared for in their home, will also be offered. So far the application has attracted just one objection. The objector from Ballincollig Co. Cork based her opposition to the construction of the facility at Curragraigue, Blennerville on a number of points. She says the proposal runs contrary to all standards of proper planning and sustainable development, and the facility should be located within a large urban centre. The objector also says the scale and size of the proposed structure is out of character with its surroundings. A decision from Kerry County Council on whether it will grant permission to build Liam’s Lodge in Blennerville is due next week. The centre is named in memory of five year old Liam Heffernan from Castledrum, Castlemaine who died in May following a battle with the ultra-rare disorder Battens Disease. The genetic disorder also claimed the life of Liam’s big sister Saoirse in 2011, when she was also five.