Tuesday 6 December 2016

Applegreen plan for services stop rejected

Gordon Deegan

Published 28/03/2016 | 02:30

One of the Applegreen service station – on M1 going north
One of the Applegreen service station – on M1 going north

Applegreen has failed in its bid to extend its national network of motorway service areas into Co Clare.

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This follows Clare Co Council refusing planning permission for a motorway service stop on the Limerick-Ennis motorway in close proximity to Dromoland Castle hotel.

However, after opposition from the five-star hotel, Ennis Chamber of Commerce and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (which has replaced the National Roads Authority), the council has turned down planning permission.

In its objection, the Ennis Chamber of Commerce stated that it "strongly maintains that the proposed development will threaten the viability of businesses in Ennis, Newmarket on Fergus, Clarecastle, Quin, Bunratty, Shannon and specifically, the proposal will be contrary to Government policy".

In its decision refusing planning permission, the council said that the proposal would set a precedent for further developments of off-line motorway service area facilities between Junction 7 and 12 of the M18 and would be contrary to the objectives of the development plan and to ministerial guidelines.

The council also refused planning permission after it concluded that the proposal in its current form would endanger public safety.

Irish Independent

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