Monday, May 06, 2024

Tipperary gets green light for new Buddhist Retreat Centre

Tipperary has gotten the green light for a new Buddhist Retreat Centre located near the shores of Lough Derg.

The Dublin Buddhist Centre (Triratna) lodged plans with Tipperary County Council on November 14, 2022, for permission for a change of use of an existing residential building to a proposed retreat-wellness centre, at Ballycorrigan, Ballina.

The proposed project involves a new single storey extension, minor internal alterations, new vehicular entrance and car parking, provision of new waste water treatment system and all associated site development works. 

The project was granted permission to go ahead on February 24, 2023, subject to ten conditions, but this decision was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála on March 22, 2023.

This appeal was withdrawn on March 24, 2023.

On April 11 this year An Bord Pleanála upheld the council’s decision to grant permission, subject to revised conditions.

In its ruling, the Board declared that the proposed development “would not be visually obtrusive or out of character with the surrounding area and would not seriously damage the amenities of the adjoining residential properties or generate a traffic hazard,” and the effluent generated “would be capable of being satisfactorily treated by an on-site wastewater treatment system.”

The proposed development would “be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” stated the Board.