Plans to develop a restaurant and other services on a site adjacent to Pluck's bar in Kilmacanogue have been refused by Wicklow County Council.
According to the planner's report, the development was refused because it is located within the study area for the N11/M11 improvement scheme. 'As options are still under development at this time, any proposed development in this area is deemed premature,' wrote the planner.
An N11/M11 public consultation phase took place towards the end of last year, with several design options being considered. The scheme could take up to 10 years to implement, and funding has not been secured at this stage.
Clearwater Properties made the application in June to demolish an existing outbuilding and build a three-storey detached building to the side of the present pub.
There would have been four units at ground level with retail and restaurant use, two office suites one the first flour and four apartments - two two-bed duplexes, and two one-bed apartments. They would be at first and second floor levels with balconies. There would also be a two-story restaurant building.
An objection was made by Patricia Connolly and John Punch. Their concerns included the potential danger of additional traffic, and the fact that the N11/M11 options are still under development.
They also said that the development would alter the character of the village, 'from an area of historical value to a centre predominated by nondescript, characterless, ubiquitous and generic development'.
The objectors said that there would be fast-food outlets adjacent to a school, and therefore in conflict with the county development plan, and that there would be increased litter.
Some of the categories under which the council requested further information from the applicant included: impact on any N11/M11 scheme; traffic flow; pedestrian links; access for delivery trucks and some other matters.
An existing planning permission allows an extension to the existing public house, including a bottle store, extended kichen, bar areas, toilets, seating area, stores and function space.
There were a couple of points to note in the report, including that consideration could be given to the omission of the stand-alone cafe retail building which is in close proximity to the N11.
The planner also wrote that there are opportunities to create pedestrian linkages through the site and from the adjoining residential developments in the area to the existing public footpath network and bus stop.