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An Bord Pleanála Rejects Planning Permission for Glamping Site at Lough Derg

In a recent decision, An Bord Pleanála has upheld the refusal of planning permission for a glamping site proposed for Lough Derg, Ireland. 

The application, submitted by John Walsh, sought to convert Kilana Lodge in Rahena More from a residential property to a recreational camping site, with the construction of six glamping cabins. The refusal was primarily based on concerns over increased road traffic volumes in the area.

Located on Tinerana Bay, between Killaloe and Ogonnelloe, the proposed glamping site aimed to offer unique accommodation options in the form of glamping pods

These pods, totaling six in number, would have had a combined capacity for 18 residents and would have been available for short-stay accommodations throughout the year. However, the application faced opposition from local residents and stakeholders, resulting in the ultimate denial of planning permission by the Clare County Council.

One of the main reasons for the refusal was the anticipated increase in road traffic volumes. The council received several submissions expressing concerns over the potential impact on local roads. 

Despite the applicant’s argument that visitors could access the site by water as well as by road, using a Ballina-Killaloe-based passenger boat, An Bord Pleanála decided to support the council’s decision. 

They concluded that the additional traffic movements at the proposed location would contravene the Clare County Development Plan and pose a risk to public safety.

The decision by An Bord Pleanála carries significance for the glamping industry, shedding light on the challenges faced by business owners when establishing new sites. 

Factors such as accessibility, traffic management, and adherence to local development plans are crucial considerations that need to be thoroughly evaluated and addressed when proposing new glamping ventures.

John Walsh’s case emphasizes the importance of comprehensive research and proactive engagement with local authorities when applying for planning permission.

By understanding and addressing concerns related to traffic management and sustainable development, glamping business owners can improve their chances of a successful application.

The area surrounding Lough Derg is known for its natural beauty and historical landmarks, including Holy Island, Garykennedy, Mountshannon, Scarriff, Dromineer, Terryglass, and Portumna. 

While these attractions are accessible by small craft, the refusal of planning permission for the glamping site highlights the need to strike a balance between tourism development and the preservation of the area’s natural and cultural heritage.

As the glamping industry continues to grow in popularity, it is crucial for aspiring entrepreneurs to recognize the importance of thorough planning and adherence to local regulations. By carefully considering factors such as traffic impact and engaging in constructive dialogue with local authorities, future glamping ventures can increase their chances of success while ensuring the sustainable development of their sites.

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May 20, 2024 5:48 am

Ever thought about how eco-friendly transport could spruce up a glamping site while respecting the environment? It’s essential to involve the community from the get-go for smoother processes. Let’s aim for positive vibes and successful projects by taking these aspects to heart!


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