An Bord Pleanala has granted planning permission with revised conditions for a retail store with a gross floor area of around 1,534 square metres on land at the junction of Clooneen Park, New Line, Manorhamilton.
Leitrim County Council had granted permission for the development to applicant Monread Developments Ltd in April last year but this decision was appealed by RGDATA to An Bord Pleanala.
The area had been the subject of a previous application for planning by Tesco Ireland Limited in 2010/2011, however this application had been refused on appeal in November 2011 on appeal.
Monread Developments Ltd then applied for planning to Leitrim County Council for a similar development at the junction of Clooneen Park in February 2012. Conditional planning was granted in April 2012 but this was then appealed to An Bord Plenala
On February 18, this year, An Bord Pleanala’s Board decided the matter, rejecting the recommendation of its own inspector ruling that the nature and scale of the proposed development and its location would “not detract from the vitality and vibrancy of the town centre and would not seriously injure the visual amenities of the area of the amnesties of the residential property in the vicinity”.
The Board also ruled that the development was also “acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience”.
“In deciding not to accept the Inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission, the Board considered that there was sufficient expenditure capacity within the catchment area of Manorhamilton and therefore the proposed development would not unduly impact on the vitality and viability of the retail core area,” continued the order.
The Board noted the Inspector had concerns over the visual impact of the development but argued that these could be addressed by way of conditions.
These conditions included the removal of 15 parking spaces adjacent to the N16 in favour of further landscaping and adding stipulations that all signage, public lighting and external materials, colours and textures would have to be agreed with Leitrim County Council prior to commencement.
An Bord Plenala also ordered that the development should include bicycle parking spaces as a part of the development and stipulated strict noise controls to be put in place during the operational phase of the proposed development.