Red light for KFC beside school
AN Bord Pleanala has refused planning permission for a KFC fast food restaurant beside a primary and secondary school, write Louise Walsh and Ralph Riegel.
The decision came just days after it emerged that the Government is to publish 'no fry zone' legislation aimed at keeping new fast food restaurants up to 1.5km away from schools, playgrounds and children's sports facilities.
An Bord Pleanala overturned Meath County Council's decision to allow the KFC drive-through development at Brews Hill, which is close to the entrance to the St Joseph's Convent of Mercy primary and secondary schools.
The planning board decision to overturn the county council ruling followed an outcry from parents and school management groups.
However, the board ultimately rejected the proposed fast-food restaurant plans on "visual amenity" grounds.