Roscrea shopping centre plans stalled

Redevelopment stalled while An Bord Pleanala considers Council's decision.
Plans for a revamped major new shopping centre on Castle Street have been set back by a planning appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

Plans for a revamped major new shopping centre on

Castle Street have been set back by a planning appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

On February 3rd, the County Council gave the green light for the redevelopment of the former Tesco site at the Roscrea Shopping Centre, Castle Street.

The development is being led by TCORP Properties Limerick Limited, associated with Tiernan Properties. The development would have led to the creation of dozens of jobs, both during construction and full -time. However, on March 2nd, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, lodged an appeal against the plans, described as a “three-storey mixed-use development comprising demolition of buildings, construction of a building, extension to an existing building, and the provision of a new mall and health centre.”

It’s understood the Department’s concerns center on the visual impact of the new shopping complex on nearby Roscrea Castle and the Round Tower. There are also concerns relating to the development’s size and scale, and its impact on the general streetscape. The submission adds that while the Department is not opposed to new development, the current plans should not go ahead in their current form.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.