Rezoning of Kenmare Convent lands in dispute.

The Sisters of St Clare’s Convent in Kenmare want part of the convent lands to be zoned for residential use. However planners want the land to be zoned for parking under the new local area draft plan. They say the chosen site is ideal for parking as it’s near the town centre and schools. Planners have also turned down the request for mixed-use development in the rest of the convent land and instead propose low density housing. The plan which is due to come before the council shortly is provoking controversy in the area. Many of the submissions claim that land zoned for development in the previous plan is now agricultural or amenity making their property less valuable.