Tesco Ireland Ltd has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála after plans for a cafe and outdoor seating area at its Wicklow town store were turned down by the planning section of Wicklow County Council.
The proposed development is for a 0.525ho site adjacent to the Tesco store at Whitegates, Wicklow town. Tesco lreland Ltd own the site in question.
The application sought permission to demolish the existing warehouse units on site, construct a cafe building with associated outdoor seating and landscape area as well as the provision of the additional customer car parking to serve the needs of existing Tesco supermarket and the proposed cafe.
The application called for the demolition of all existing structures, including the boundary wall with the adjoining Tesco. One-hundred-and-eleven new car parking spaces would be integrated with the existing Tesco car park.
Having considered the application, the planning section of Wicklow County Council decided to refuse the application on a number of grounds. It was felt the applicant had not demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority that the proposed cafe would not have an unacceptable impact on the vitality and viability of the established core retail area of the town.
It was further felt that the plans would represent underdevelopment of the site, while the number of car parking spaces south were considered excessive.
According to the Schedules of Conditions Decision issued by the local authority: 'Having regard to the scale of development proposed and the size of the subject site, it is considered that the proposed development would represent underdevelopment of the site and piecemeal and uncoordinated development and would therefore militate against the development of a coherent and comprehensive redevelopment scheme for this important gateway and prominent site.'
Regarding car parking, it is stated: 'It is considered that the proposed car parking is in excess of the requirements of both the existing supermarket and the proposed cafe. The provision of excessive car parking unnecessarily increases the visual impact of the proposed development and results in a poor use of a strategic development site.'
A planning appeal against that decision has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála by Tesco Ireland Ltd. A decision is due by May 5 of this year.