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Wednesday 3 September 2014

EuroMillions Dolores to keep farm sheds after son wins planning row

Barry Duggan

Published 27/12/2012 | 05:00

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THE eldest son of EuroMillions winner Dolores McNamara has won a planning row with a local authority, the Irish Independent has learned.

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Clare County Council finally agreed to grant Gary McNamara conditional permission to keep farm buildings built without permission.

And two storage sheds, a slatted unit for cattle, and two horse walkers will remain on his mother's farm at Lough Derg Hall, in east Clare, after months of correspondence between his solicitors and architects and the council.

Permission

The council also granted Mr McNamara permission to extend the slatted unit which is to be used for storing cattle.

Mr McNamara – who lives in nearby Castleconnell, Co Limerick, and became involved in farming after his mother scooped the EuroMillions jackpot – applied earlier this year for planning retention.

As part of his application to the council, Mr McNamara said the sheds were needed for better management of livestock.

During the summer, Mr McNamara keeps 72 cattle and two horses on the farm.

The winter stock of cattle is estimated at 120.

Lough Derg Hall has a 24-hectare farm and the McNamara family rents another 17 hectares of farmland nearby.

The two sheds where retention was allowed are 745sqm and 133sqm.

The four-bay slatted unit is 181sqm and permission was given to extend this to a 14-bay unit comprising of 658sqm – almost four times the size of the original shed.

Following months of correspondence between the local authority and Mr McNamara's solicitors and architects, the council agreed to allow him to keep the buildings used for agricultural purposes because they were in accordance with the "sustainable development of the area".

However, the council attached nine conditions.

The council said Mr McNamara must have the sheds painted by next February and submit photographic evidence to the local authority that this has been completed.

Oak or beech trees must be planted also by February in the surrounding areas so "to aid the integration of the shed into the landscape".

Cattle

Should the trees die within three years, they must be replaced. A certificate that the sheds and horse walkers were constructed in accordance with Department of Agriculture guidelines must be submitted and all effluent must be safely managed and disposed of.

Planning permission has also been allowed for a silage apron. This is an area used to store silage – cattle feed – for winter months and is located alongside the slatted unit where cattle are housed.

Permission is also sought to construct a dungstead, which is used to store leftover silage before it is recycled.

Ms McNamara moved to Lough Derg Hall from her modest Limerick home after winning €115m in 2005.

Irish Independent

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