Rugby club to retain floodlights

DUNDALK Rugby Football Club have been granted conditional planning permission by Dundalk Town Council to retain and complete four 20 metre high floodlights, a generator and an equipment storage building at their pitch at the Mill Road.

DUNDALK Rugby Football Club have been granted conditional planning permission by Dundalk Town Council to retain and complete four 20 metre high floodlights, a generator and an equipment storage building at their pitch at the Mill Road.

The application also allows them to retain and complete a 2.7m high palisade type perimeter fence and entrance gate at their home pitch.

In their report, the planning authority found that Dundalk RFC had been granted permission for similar type works in 2008 but they had not implemented this permission in accordance with the plans, hence the reason for this most recent application.

The most recent proposal also included a new 2.7 metre palisade perimeter fence and gate along the roadside boundary, which was not part of the previous applications.

The council found that the generator and equipment storage building is well set back from the public road and that the finishes of the building and its scale, height and design are acceptable.

They also found that the floodlights were acceptable but set out a condition prohibiting the columns from being used for advertising purposes.

The plans for palisade fencing will have to be altered, however, with the planners insisting that this would “have a serious negative impact on the visual amenity of the Mill Road, which is a residential area.”

They said: “In the interest of visual amenity a more appropriate type of fencing such as weld-mesh panel fencing should be erected behind the row of trees” which are around the boundary of the site.

The council agreed to grant Dundalk RFC retention permission subject to nine conditions in total. Other areas mention in the conditions include that the existing roadside stone wall be retained with the palisade fencing not permitted.

The club must also submit drawings showing the precise specification of the floodlights to the planning authority and it is not permitted that the floodlights be used or left switched on between the hours of 10pm and sunrise each day.