County Limerick take-away is given go-ahead despite appeal from locals

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

A DECISION taken by Limerick County Council to grant conditional planning permission for a take-away/restaurant in Kilfinane has been upheld by An Bord Pleanala despite an appeal from two local people who claim it will be a “significant nuisance”.

A DECISION taken by Limerick County Council to grant conditional planning permission for a take-away/restaurant in Kilfinane has been upheld by An Bord Pleanala despite an appeal from two local people who claim it will be a “significant nuisance”.

The decision has been granted by the planning authority with revised conditions.

An application was lodged with Limerick County Council in February of last year by Shane O’Connell and Ronan Hughes for the change of use of part of the ground floor of an existing retail unit on Main Street in the village to a take away/restaurant. The building is a protected structure.

At the time, two people objected to the proposal on the grounds that “two such premises already exist in Kilfinane and being a small village we feel that any more food outlets opening in this time of recession would be detrimental to our business”.

Council files show that the restaurant/take-away is to have four staff.

Limerick County Council granted permission with nine conditions.

Rejecting the appeal, An Bord Pleanala granted planning permission for the development subject to 10 conditions.

The hours of operation shall be between 8am and 11.30pm, Monday to Thursday, and between 8am and 12 midnight, Friday to Sunday.

The proposed projecting sign on the front facade of the building shall not be permitted.

In this regard, prior to the commencement of development, details of the proposed repair and decoration works to the shop front and facade of the building shall be submitted to the planning authority for written agreement and shall include the name to be hand painted on the shop front, together with colours to be used on the sign and facade of the building, in addition to any proposals for external lighting. The developer shall control odour emissions and noise levels from the premises.