19 May 2022

Permission refused for new Offaly filling station

The council gave six reasons for refusal

Permission sought for new Offaly filling station

Permission sought for new Offaly filling station

A planning application for a new filling station and shop in Offaly has been refused by Offaly County Council.

The development sought to develop the outlet at Lismoney in Kinnitty with a the plans being submitted by Norman Grant.

The works would have included the building of a forecourt with canopy, shop, access road and all related ancillary works. 

This week, Offaly County Council indicated the planning application for this proposal had been refused on six grounds. 

The first stated that it would "contravene materially the Offaly County Council Development Plan 2014-2020 Volume 2 Kinnitty Village Plan," which identifies the site in question as part of the Slieve Bloom Environment Park. The decision was thus made in this instance to "protect the site from non-essential development."

The second reason given for the refusal was due to the "out-of-centre" location of the proposed development, something accounted for in the County Development Plan. It was deemed that the site was located in unzoned lands and that the development would therefore contravene a policy contained in the CDP. 

The third reason given was the contention that the "extensive floor area of the petrol station shop would impact on the viability and vitality of Kinnitty village." Again, the decision stated that for this reason, the proposal would go against a policy outlined in the CDP.

The fourth reason given was the fact that the CDP states that Offaly County Council shall protect and preserve the primary areas of high amenity, namely the Slieve Bloom Mountains in this case. The decision stated, "the proposed development would detract from the intrinsic character and environmental quality of this area."

The fifth reason for refusal stated, "the development, by reason of its built form, architectural treatment, siting, relationship to adjoining residential properties and Kinnitty Pyramid would be visually obtrusive, would seriously injure the amenities of the area."

The final reason stated that Offaly County Council was not satisfied that the planned development wouldn't endanger public safety "by reason of a traffic hazard or obstruction of road users in terms of the access," adding that, "the proposed development fails to provide adequate footpath provision along the front boundary of the site and fails to provide a lighting scheme within the site." 

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