Sunday 26 March 2017

Applegreen objects to Supermac's latest Obama-style plaza

Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Gordon Deegan

Applegreen has put the brakes on Supermac's supremo Pat McDonagh pressing ahead with his €8m Barack Obama-style motorway plaza in Co Clare.

This service station operator has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála against Clare County Council's decision to give Mr McDonagh the go-ahead for the rest stop and drive-thru just off the motorway linking Limerick and Gort outside Ennis.

The Supermac's plan is seeking to create up to 100 jobs during the operation phase and up to 80 jobs during the construction phase.

Supermac's has just opened a plaza near Loughrea in Co Galway servicing motorists on the Dublin-Galway motorway.

Applegreen has lodged plans with Clare County Council for a service area 8km south of the Supermac's site off the motorway.

Two other parties have also appealed the Supermac's decision to An Bord Pleanála. In its appeal, consultants for Applegreen say the site is zoned 'countryside', claiming that "the proposal is therefore a material contravention of the current County Development Plan and should be refused in the first instance".

The appeal states that the significant flooding issues recorded at the site demonstrate that the area is not suitable for development.

Applegreen also claims that that the proposal, located beside the heavily trafficked junction 12, is contrary to national policy regarding frontage development and will undermine the safety and operational efficiency and capacity of the national road interchange.

Applegreen also states that the plan will become a local retail destination contrary to national policy. A decision is due in June.

Irish Independent

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