Green light for Newport, Portryan units in west Co. Tipperary

An Bord Pleanála rejects planning inspector's recommendation

Eoin Kelleher

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Eoin Kelleher

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Green light for Newport, Portryan units in west Co. Tipperary

An Bord Pleanála has upheld a ruling by Tipperary Co. Council granting planning permission for two industrial units in Portryan, near Newport, west Tipperary.

Ryan's Centra and Fuel Sales, based on the Limerick Road, Portryan, were given the green light to develop two commercial/light industrial units, each consisting of a ground floor (115 sqm) and part first floor mezzanine (47 sqm) and all necessary site works, on April 26th, subject to 16 conditions. This decision was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála by Hugh Sweeney, of Portnacasky, Black Road Newport, on May 22nd.

Mr Sweeney's grounds for appeal included: concerns that use will be for storage associated with the centra shop allowing retail business to exceed permitted floor space; issues related to the existing building should be resolved prior to further development; restriction on use will not be adhered by the developer nor enforced by the local authority; “conditions 12, 13 and 14 are not relevant to this application and are a matter of enforcement”; question whether light industrial use is appropriate within commercial/retail zoning; and “ongoing irregularities on the site in contravention of previous Board decisions.”

Ryans did not respond to the appeal, and a planning inspector recommended that the application be rejected as “is considered that the proposed development is unsustainable and would undermine the viability and vitality of the town centre of Newport.”

However, on November 2nd, the Board agreed to grant permission with revised conditions. “In deciding not to accept the Inspector's recommendation to refuse permission, the Board had regard to the intended uses for car servicing/valeting and tyre fitting/repairing as stated in the further information submitted.” Some of the revised conditions include that prior to the commencement of construction of the development, the rear (southern) boundary shall be identified by the erection of a concrete post & plinth wall with timber hit-& -miss type fencing for the full extent of this boundary to a height of 1.8 metre, and that noise levels generated during the operation of the development shall not exceed 55 decibels. Full decision at pleanala.ie