A masterplan which will detail future development of the former Kickham Barracks site will be prepared, and adopted - it is hoped - in the coming year.
Welcoming news of the barracks’ sale, Clonmel town clerk Ger Walsh said that it was good news for the town but added it will be some time before the sod is turned in the site’s redevelopment.
Mr Walsh was unable to comment on the cost of the site, only to say that it represented ‘significant value for money’. The matter will be brought before the next sitting of South Tipperary County Council in Drangan this Friday morning, April 11, he said.
“The price has been agreed but no contract has been signed yet. There are a number of minor issues to deal with first,” he said.
Sean Harrington Architects have recently been appointed to undertake preparation of the masterplan. Sale agreement means this can now proceed. “The masterplan is the first thing, then a timeframe needs to be prepared in relation to disposal of relevant sites to the various stakeholders, then it is up to the stakeholders to commence,” explained Mr Walsh. The County Council will develop the open spaces as soon as the masterplan is complete.
Tipperary Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes TD said he was delighted that approval has finally been given for the transfer of the barracks to the Council.