Reconfiguration of Castlebar Golf Course arising from the N5 Westport /Turlough Road scheme
Club E.G.M. 1st July 2016.
Members will be aware from previous information notes and the statement at the Club’s 2015 AGM of the ongoing process arising from the road CPO.
Hereunder is a summary of the key dates and actions taken.
September 2013 – C.P.O. made by Mayo Council, which included part of Golf Club land.
January 2014 – Mayo County Council agrees to acquire adjacent land from the Jennings family and CGC withdraws objection to the CPO.
July 2014 – Ryan Hanley appointed as Project Managers.
November 2014 – Jeff Howes appointed Course Designer.
February 2015 – Notices to treat served.
April 2015 – CGC lodges design for reconfigured course and claim.
June 2015 – February 2016 – Negotiations continue between CGC & MCC /NRA.
CGC was represented by Tuohy & O’ Toole Valuers and MCC/NRA by Lisneys.
October 2015 – CGC referred the mater for Arbitration because of the lack of meaningful engagement by the other side.
February 2016 – “ final offer” made by Lisneys. The Club rejected this offer as the sum provided for the course redevelopment was insufficient and no provision was made for injurious affection.
May 2016 – In preparation for Arbitration the Club has engaged John Jordan SC to oversee the claim and to represent it at the hearing. At a consultation held on 31st May Mr. Jordan advised that the Arbitrator could have a difficulty making his award “subject to planning” and he therefore advised that the Club should apply for planning for the new holes on the new lands. Hence the need for the E.G.M. Contact has been made with the Jennings family to obtain their consent to the making of the planning application.
Preferred Option to be considered.
A copy of the drawing describing the preferred option will be posted on the Club’s website together with this information note. A larger scale drawing will be posted in the clubhouse before the E.G.M and Jeff Howes will be available to meet members to elaborate on his design in the Clubhouse on Thursday 30th June from 2 p.m.
The design includes for 4 new holes on the Jennings land and for another new hole on land CPO’d by MCC between the existing 7th fairway and the railway line. Planning permission must be obtained for these new holes on the “new lands.” . My understanding is that the club can reconfigure any of the holes on the existing course without planning.
The final course to be built will depend on the compensation package, which will emerge either through agreement before the arbitration or on the award to be made by the arbitrator. To expedite the process it is necessary to obtain permission for the new holes as soon as possible and the support of the membership is therefore requested for this proposal.