A NEW multi-screen cinema complex in the Drogheda Retail Park has been given the thumbs down by planners.
They feel it will impact too much on the centre of Drogheda where there is already a cinema complex and two more in the pipeline.
The development 'would have a negative impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre and would be contrary to the Drogheda Development Plan,' it's stated in the refusal document.
The multi million euro development was to have catered for 1,200 people and was being proposed by Phil Dillon, Seamus Domegan and Pat Fallon.
Although in County Meath, it was felt that the Drogheda Plan should be considered as it defined areas like West St, Shop St, North Quay, Scotch Hall and Dyer St as the 'core retail area' and the new cinema would have adversely impacted on that.
The National Roads Authority said it was not consulted during the process and given the 'proximity to a motorway interchange' it was a 'concern' while it was also 'at a remove from appropriate public transport' and would be dependent on private car travel.
There were a number of submissions in relation to the proposal, expressing concerns about its impact on proposals already at planning and development stage.