A HORSE riding school aimed at building confi dence in young children with disabilities, has been given the green light.
An Bord Pleanála has approved plans for new stables to be built near Borrisoleigh, overturning a previous recommendation that the proposals be shelved.
James Ryan was refused permission by North Tipperary County Council on October 27th last year, to build two stables and other works at Aughvolyshane, Borrisoleigh, Thurles.
In November, Mr Ryan lodged an appeal to An Bord Pleanála. Mr Ryan had argued that there was no objection from neighbours. The stables would be used to provide disabled children experience of riding and working with ponies. Only two children would attend at any one time. “Moderate use” was proposed, from March to October each year, while stabling would be elsewhere, from November to February each year. Link-up with schools in the area was also proposed.
The site is located in an area of rural residential character on the outskirts of Borrisoleigh. Access is to and from a third class road which links with the R498 (main Nenagh- Borrisoleigh-Thurles Road) Regional Route, at a junction about 900m south-east of the centre of Borrisoleigh.
A planning Inspector recommended upholding the Council’s decision, maintaining that there was “real potential for noise and odour associated with the proposed stables and store.”
On June 27th, the Board gave the plans the green light. “In deciding not to accept the Inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission, the Board considered that the site of the proposed development is in a rural area, and had regard to the nature and limited scale of the proposed development, and considered that the separation distances to neighbouring houses were acceptable.”
Five conditions are attached, including that no foul effluent or slurry shall be discharged into nearby streams, or onto the public road.