Hurling legend 'frustrated' over retail centre plan refusal
Clare hurling legend Brian Lohan has expressed his frustration with An Bord Pleanála's decision to rebuff his plans for a retail centre on the outskirts of Ennis.
The double All-Ireland winning full back had teamed up with an Inch businessman, Martin O'Malley, to change the use of a Westpoint Business Park on Ennis's Kilrush Road.
The park would have changed from warehouse zoning to a neighbourhood centre that would include an anchor supermarket and eight retail units along with a medical centre.
Clare Co Council last year gave the plan the go-ahead.
However, the proposal was strongly opposed by a number of local businesses and some local residents.
A third individual - Jim O'Leary with an address at Curraghnalaght, Blarney, Co Cork - also lodged an appeal against the Council decision to An Bord Pleanála.
In a statement yesterday, Mr Lohan said: "We are very frustrated with the decision by An Bord Pleanála.
"Clare Co Council has already supported our planning application in a site which is zoned as a neighbourhood centre and it is fully in line with the county development plan."