By Eoin Kelleher
Plans to build a major car showroom on the outskirts of Roscrea have been quashed by An Bord Pleanála, following an appeal to the planning board by the applicants.
West End Motors - Robert and Christina Wheeler, had appealed a decision made by North Tipperary County Council on September 8th last year, refusing permission for the provision of a vehicle showroom, and an office and a vehicle display area at an existing petrol filling station site. The refusal was based on concerns regarding traffic safety and carrying capacity on nearby roads. The address is Carrick, Limerick Road, Roscrea.
The Wheelers lodged an appeal against the decision to An Bord Pleanala on October 3rd on the basis that they bought the site in 2005 on the understanding that the sale of vehicles was permitted on site.
“The applicant also met with one of the planning authority’s planners who advised that no prosecution would be made should the applicant use the forecourt for the sale of cars,” states a planning Inspector’s report.
The same Inspector recommended the plans be rejected as the site would be used for a commercial/retail use on “unzoned lands outside the development boundaries of any town or settlement...” and that “the subject proposal represents a significant traffic hazard.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.