By Eoin Kelleher
A NEW Off Licence has been granted planning permission for the Carrig Road in Roscrea. On December 22nd, Patrick Kelleher of Rosemary Square, Roscrea lodged an appeal against a decision made by by North Tipperary County Council on December 5th. The Council had granted conditional planning permission to Pat Carroll for the change of use of a service station on the Carrig Road from retail only, to retail with ancillary off-licence.
Mr Keller maintained that an off licence is not a requirement for the proper functioning of a service station. The application should have been invalidated at application stage due to the incorrect wording of the application, added Mr Keller.
The proposed development would also be contrary to the Roscrea Local Area Plan 2006, and “is a threat to the vitality and viability of the existing off licence premises in the town. The town of Roscrea is served by eight existing off licence premises. Granting permission for another off licence facility will saturate the market place and have a negative impact in the market place. Granting an off licence facility in a residential area is inappropriate,” proposed Mr Keller.
A planning Inspector recommended that the plans be blocked, as they would “endanger public safety” by reason of a traffic hazard due to the additional traffic turning movements the development would generate within the existing petrol filling station site, and in conjunction with the existing McDonalds Drive Thru restaurant to the west.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.