The Kickham Barracks Development Proposal


The Planning Society of University College Cork is an academic society, whose members are students at the Masters Programme in Planning and Sustainable Development at the Planning school of University College Cork. The Planning Society decided to undertake this voluntary project after some discussion with members of local community groups interested in using the facilities within the barracks site. The drafting process took just two months and the end product comprises of a comprehensive proposal for the reuse of the Kickham Barracks site. The proposal is 48 pages long and is comprehensive in scope. It contains a strong multi focused analysis of the site and its context

On examination of the site however, our society quickly determined that there was a great deal of potential for the site in terms of the future commercial, economic and social development of the town of Clonmel. In order to ensure the exploitation of that potential remained foremost in the mind of the proposal team, we adopted the following goal to focus the compilation of the proposal;

The ultimate goal of this development proposal is to ensure that the re-use of the site contributes to the vitality of the town by facilitating the location of development and uses that are beneficial socially, culturally and economically.

In the short term, we advocate the use of the site by local voluntary groups that are short of space and facilities; however we also recognise that the Kickham Barracks site needs a long term development role within the context of the wider development of the settlement of Clonmel.

Ultimately we see the site as a key site in the development of the whole town centre as a space for commerce and economical activity. Strengthening the town centre of Clonmel is vital in terms of sustainable development in a social and economic sense.  The strengthening of commercial/economic infrastructure is key in ensuring that the town centre is able to compete with the peripheral retail and commercial poles/developments located on the Frank Drohan Inner Relief Road and with settlements in the wider region. Therefore the development of this site is critical to the long term sustainable development of Clonmel and the County of Tipperary as a whole.

Integrating this goal with the challenges posed by the nature of the site posed some interesting challenges, however we feel that the measures we advance within our proposal successfully accomplishes the goal we set to achieve the most efficient reuse of the site while being sympathetic to the context of the site’s cultural and historical heritage.

This project is designed to illustrate how sustainable uses can be realistically employed on the Kickham Barracks Site in order to ensure that the site plays host to activities and uses that continue the proud tradition of community service that site represented during its time as a base for the Irish Defence Forces. This proposal is not to be considered the final word on how the development on this site should be managed; it is designed to indicative of the potential of the site as a source of development and community activity. It is important to recognise that the character of the Barracks is framed by its built heritage and the quality of the structures and spaces that exist on the site. Our proposal takes stock of this heritage and indeed incorporates its quality into the design proposals contained in this document. Most importantly, we believe the proposal will allow Clonmel to adapt and grow in the current, stark economic climate.

Kickham Barracks Development Proposal

Development Layouts (Pgs41-45)

Planning Soc Radio Spot, Kickham Barracks


Guest Speaker: Ciaran Cuffe former Minister of State for Planning

Former Minister of State for Planning, Ciaran Cuffe will be giving a guest lecture on the 5th of March at 12 noon. All are welcome

The talk will be held in the following location:

Room S5, Connolly Buildings UCC , Western Road , Cork City

The Planning Ball 2012

UCC Planning Society is proud to announce that it will be hosting a gala “Planning Ball” in the Clarion Hotel Cork City on Thursday, the 29th of March. The night presents a chance for all those who have an interest in Planning and Sustainability to meet and enjoy themselves in one of Cork’s premier hotels.

A spectacular night is in store, with a full 4 course meal and live music provided by “The Voodoos”, who recently played the MTV Music Awards in Belfast! A DJ will also be on hand to play on to the wee hours of the morning.

Full tickets for this event cost 35 euro, with Afters Tickets costing 15 euro. Tickets will be available from all Committee Members and the Class Representatives from both years. For interested individuals no longer in UCC, please contact planningball2012 in order to book your tickets!

Looking Forward to seeing you on the 29th of March!!!!!!!!

UCC Planning Society Quiz

UCC Planning Society will be hosting a quiz in Costigans on Wednesday the 7th of March. Plenty of craic and prizes for the taking! 20 euro per table of 4!

Screening of ‘The Pipe’ in UCC Wed 19th Oct

We are kicking off a series of Documentary nights in UCC with a screening of The Pipe, a great independent documentary feature film dealing with the Corrib gas controversy and the “Shell to sea” campaign.  This film still remains highly topical as Judicial Review has just begun on planning decisions reached by An Bord Pleanála for the latest pipeline route through a protected area and consents for the pipeline issued by Ministers for the Environment, with An Taisce and two local Mayo residents mounting separate legal challenges.

All are welcome to this viewing on Wednesday 19th of October in WW6
in the West Wing on Main Campus UCC with a start time of 19:30hrs


Linkedin Logo

The UCC Planning Society have joined Linkedin, please feel free to join the group and get a discussion going or pad résumé/CV your cred on Linkedin!

Iam Lumley and James Nix

The Planning Society is hosting two guest speakers at an evening discussion on Thursday, 27 January. Speakers on the night include Ian Lumley, Heritage Officer at An Taisce and James Nix, co-author of Chaos at the Crossroads and policy advocate with the Irish Environmental Network. “Autopsy of the Celtic Tiger” with Ian Lumley undertakes a postmortem on the 15 years to 2008, reflecting on where we are now. “Chaos at the Crossroads: Where from here?” with James Nix offers some pointers for better planning in coming years. Both speakers are well known in the planning sphere in Ireland and this event offers a unique opportunity to hear their perspective on what went wrong and what we now need to do.

As Heritage Officer at An Taisce, Mr. Lumley has been involved in some of the most high profile planning cases in Ireland and is well known for his views on one-off houses in the countryside, rural and urban development and the protection of historic structures. James Nix is probably best known as the co-author of “Chaos at the Crossroads” with Frank McDonald. Now a policy advocate at the Irish Environmental Network, he has published numerous articles and contributed to many debates on planning policy in Ireland–both from a legal standpoint (as a qualified barrister) and in terms of sustainable transport initiative (see–and was a guest on RTÉ’s Frontline in November 2010 (see programme here). Indeed some of his articles appear on reading lists in a number of MPlan modules, both in first year and second year.

All are welcome to attend and the guest speakers are looking forward to a robust question and answers session to round off the evening.

The event will take place in G05 at UCC Brookfield Complex on College Road, Thursday, 27 January, starting at 7.30pm sharp and admission is free.

Seminar on the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act, 2010

The guest speaker on the day will be John Martin – the Principal Planning Advisor at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Prior to joining the Department, John had served as Deputy City Planner with Dublin City Council, Senior Planner with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Council, and as Senior Planning inspector with An Bord Pleanála.

Planning students will appreciate the significant changes that this Act has introduced into the planning process and this seminar will provide information and guidance on the implementation of the Act, as well as offering students the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the implications of the Act with the Principal Planning Advisor at the DoEHLG.

The format of the seminar is currently being finalised, but will involve presentations on the different aspects of the Act, followed by group discussions and a Q&A session.

The event will take place at the Br. Ignatius Connolly Complex, Western Road, UCC on Friday, 28 November. The exact time and room is to be determined shortly. Members are advised to RSVP for the event as spaces will be limited. E-mail the Planning Society at if interested.

Halloween Party

We will be having our Halloween Party on Thursday, 28 October @ 9.30pm in Costigans Bar, Washington Street.
We will have free pizza, 1 free drink for all members on arrival and prizes for best costume on the night!!

It is important that we all get to know each other in the society so that we can have both a fun and productive year!
Don’t forget that its fancy dress (optional), just a bit of fun but the most creative will win a prize.

Other deals on the night;
Pitchers of Beer (3 pints) €10
Vodka, Jager, Captain Morgans (all with splash) €4!!

2010 AGM Results

Two weeks ago the Annual General Meeting was called to elect a new committee to run the operations of the society. As follows are the new committee members for the 2010-2011 academic year:

  • John Collins, Auditor
  • Stephen Walsh, Vice-Auditor
  • Jennifer Dynan, Co-Secretary
  • Clara O’Neill, Co-Secretary
  • Paul Hyde, Finance Officer
  • Veronica Patton, Public Relations Officer
  • Adam Shanley, Co-Entertainments Officer
  • Vincent Lynch, Co-Entertainments Officer
  • Stephen Fesler, Communications Officer

We will be calling an EGM in the future to address our society constitution and any other objects of discussion that ordinary members would like.

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