Sunday 20 October 2019

An Bord Pleanala to rule on garage's extension plans

Tomkins’s Suzuki garage
Tomkins’s Suzuki garage

Esther Hayden

An Bord Pleanála will decide on a planning application regarding the extension of James Tomkin's Suzuki garage in Gorey by June.

Mr Tomkins had successfully applied to Wexford County Council for the extension to his existing workshop consisting of parking facilities on two floors with ancillary works and connection to the existing public services.

A report from planner, Liam Bowe, indicated that the site is located across from the Monument in Gorey. Two observations were received in respect of the application; one from Raymond Melvin, Gorey and one from Grania Newton with an address in Norfolk, England.

In her submission Ms Newton said that the size and height of the building will affect the view from her house and intrude on her privacy and that of her neighbours. She also objected to the public land beside the garage being built on and pointed out the difficulties for vehicular access to the dwellings that use the land.

She also objected to the increased traffic and congestion that will occur as a result of the proposed extension.

In his report Mr Bowe said 'the commercial garage use is well established on this site and the principle of providing further car storage facilities is acceptable at this location. There was a concern that the building may negatively impact the amenities of the dwelling immediately to the north of the site. A contiguous elevation of the buildings was sought and the applicant submitted this and proposals addressing any possible negative impact

Wexford County Council granted permission for the development subject to certain conditions including the payment of a contribution of €5,418 for roads and community.

However Ms Newton appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala and a decision is expected from the body by June 4.

Gorey Guardian