Adare Manor in planning row with neighbouring landowner

The planning appeal shows the flooding on lands owned by the Manns.

LUXURY estate Adare Manor has found itself in the midst of a planning row with neighbouring landowners over the use of land adjoining the resort.

As the five-star resort gears up for the hosting of the 2027 Ryder Cup, Adare Manor’s owner, billionaire JP McManus, has been strategically acquiring land from nearby farmers.

Mr McManus first bought the 840-acre Adare Manor Hotel and Resort in 2014 for an estimated €30m.

Tizzard Holdings, the parent company of Adare Manor, previously applied to Limerick City and County Council for permission to retain the widening and lengthening of a roadway, served by an existing farm entrance on the 0.480-hectare parcel of land recently acquired by the company.

Council planners granted the permission despite objections from local landowners, but the decision has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

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Tizzard’s planning application states that the roadway would be retained for for farm use only, however an objection lodged with council planners said that the road had been widely used as an entry and exit for cars during the JP McManus Pro-Am golf tournament in July 2022.

The objection letter claimed that up to 1,000 cars a day were using the route, as well as around 100 heavy goods vehicles in the days leading up to the event.

Concerns around road safety and privacy were also raised by complainants, with one objector saying that there has been “three serious road traffic collisions within 50 meters of this entrance over the past four years”.

A separate objection, lodged by Breda and Michael Mann, also raised concerns about the removal of hedges not owned by Adare Manor, and the surface water run-off affecting a neighbouring farm.

The Mann’s appeal centres on the flooding of their lands since the new roadway “is above or level with the Mann’s lands, so the water is draining on their property”, according to the appeal letter, which was seen by the Limerick Post.

An Bord Pleanála is due to make a decision on the appeal by April 30.