An Bord Pleanála has upheld a decision by South Tipp Co Co, rejecting planning permission for a major service station near Cahir.
John O’Leary planned to develop a service station with a shop, cafe/take-away, off-licence, external seating, toilet, baby-changing facilities, truck-wash facilities, parking for heavy goods vehicles (27 spaces) and 30 car spaces, at Scartnaglorane, Cahir. An appeal against South Tipperary’s decision was lodged on August 20th. The Board ruled that the project, “in close proximity to the M8 at Junction 11 and to the significant increase in traffic generation in comparison with that permitted, (and) the complexity of additional traffic movements generated, would create traffic conflict due to the internal and external layout, in particular the design of the slip lane off the R639 and the local road between the site entrance and the M8 roundabout. Furthermore, the traffic layout within the site is considered to be convoluted and impractical...it is considered that the design and layout of the proposed scheme would endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.” Also, the Board was not satisfied that the necessary design revisions could be appropriately dealt with, and concluded that “a more fundamental review of the overall traffic layout would be necessary”.