AN Bord Pleanála has ordered that Lisselton's historic Ballyloughran House should not be knocked as part of Limerick Youth Service's elaborate plans to redevelop the north Kerry facility.
While the planning appeals board has given the go ahead for the redevelopment of the 19th century centre, the existing house shall be retained.
Despite objections from up to 40 local residents, who feared the new facility would be used for drug treatment or detention, An Bord Pleanala has given the green light develop Ballyloughran as a weekend hostel for youths from Limerick city and other regions.
The house had been run as a multipurpose leisure and accommodation centre for schools and young people for 40 years, but was closed in 2009 due to financial pressures..At the time, however, Limerick Youth Service committed to its future development.
Bord Pleanála ordered that the historic core of the building be retained but gave the go-ahead for a 32-bed hostel.