After more than a year of planning applications and appeals, conditional permission has finally been granted for the construction a new petrol station and drive through restaurant at Rosebank Retail Park on the Dublin Road, Carrick-on-Shannon.
The development includes a petrol filling station, with a kiosk and forecourt as well as a drive through restaurant with car parking.
The case was decided on January 30 but the results were not released until February 4. When contacted by the Leitrim Observer on Monday, a spokesperson for An Bord Pleanala said that conditional permission had been granted for the development.
It is understood that the planning for the project has been largely accepted in its entirety but there are approximately 13 “tweaks” to areas such as pedestrian access. Further details were not available at the time of going to press as the final report had not been released by An Bord Pleanala.
The development has been the subject of a very lengthy process. Planning permission was originally lodged with Leitrim County Council for the development by Gerry Reynolds in November 2011. Conditional permission was granted by the Local Authority at the end of May last year.
However the decision was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanala in June 2012 by 14 different appellants including the County Leitrim and County Roscommon Concerned Traders Group; Gala Retail services; National Parks and Wildlife Service; Irish Petrol Retailers Association and RGDATA. A number of other Carrick-on-Shannon petrol station retailers also appealed the Council’s decision to grant planning.
An Bord Pleanala were expected to return their final decision in December 2012 but a lengthy list of appeals meant that the case was not decided until last week.
Speaking to the Leitrim Observer following the decision, applicant, Gerry Reynolds, said he was delighted with the decision to grant permission for the development.
“I welcome the decision and I am very happy that the decision made originally by Leitrim County Council’s Planners has been upheld,” he said.
“This is ongoing for over a year and it is an immense relief to be granted planning. I see this as a very positive result and I look forward to starting work on the development of the site. The project will create a number of jobs, both in its construction and through the businesses themselves, and I believe it will add to the already substantial number of jobs that have been created by this retail park in Carrick-on-Shannon.”