Cabra Castle gets green light on civil ceremony barn plan

Kingscourt Castle Ltd, the company that manages Cabra Castle in Kingscourt, has successfully applied for permission to construct a new civil ceremony building on site.

The single-storey barn will be detached from the main castle building and will consist of an event space with sanitary and catering services.

The plans also include the provision of a service road linking the existing driveway and the creation of a landscaped amenity area for guests, together with all ancillary works.

The proposed development is located within the perimeter of a Cabra Castle, at Cormey, Kingscourt, a protected structure.

Permission was granted with a total of 12 conditions.

In an Architectural Heritage Impact Assessment written for the Corscadden / Kingscourt Castle Ltd family by Niall Smith Architects, it was stated that a ‘number of options’ had been considered to determine the best location for the new building . But ‘after lengthy discussions’ it was agreed that the ‘optimum location’ to construct the ceremony building would be at the rear of the main castle building on land currently used as tennis courts and open green space .

“The building will be completely detached from the main castle building in an enclosed setting using existing stone walls and hedges to create a sense of settlement,” the report states.

The ceremony building will be a “contemporary barn-like structure” with “restrained niceties” that are “complementary but distinctly different” from the castle structure.

“We believe this is the best approach for the new building to stand out as a new development marking a new chapter in the architectural history of the castle,” the report said.

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