Objection to ‘adverse’ takeaway thrown out

The building in Dromcollogher which is at the centre of a planning row.
AN OBJECTION to the opening of a new takeaway in Dromcollogher, which it has been claimed would “seriously and adversely impact” the town, has been thrown out by An Bord Pleanala.

AN OBJECTION to the opening of a new takeaway in Dromcollogher, which it has been claimed would “seriously and adversely impact” the town, has been thrown out by An Bord Pleanala.

Last month Limerick County Council granted permission for a fast food outlet to open in a recently-renovated premises in the town’s square, next door to its post office.

A named local objector, who claimed that the business would create litter, odour and traffic problems, appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala. However the planning authority has ruled the appeal invalid, as it was not submitted in time, clearing the way for the restaurant to open.

The application was submitted by Maria Tolton, care of Tom Nash Design and Drafting Solutions, Askeaton, in July last year. Ms Tolton was seeking permission to open a fast food outlet in the ground floor of the building, which also includes a first-floor apartment. She had also sought retention permission for PVC windows and doors that had been installed during the recent refurbishment of the premises.

Attached to the original planning application was a report from the HSE, which stated that it had “no objections” to permission being granted, with conditions.

However one named individual, who submitted an application via his solicitor, Enda O’Connor, raised concern that the takeaway would lead to litter problems, “offensive and odorous air” coming from the kitchens, traffic congestion, inadequate parking, and an “overflow of pedestrian traffic” on the footpath.

The objector also stated that the retention of the PVC windows and door “will not co-exist sympathetically with the current street scape, and will dominate the existing character of the area”.

The objection concluded that “a development of this nature would seriously and adversely impact on the scenic village of Dromcollogher”.

A planning report signed by planning officer Karen Burke on March 5 recommended that the application be granted permission with conditions, including that the takeaway open no later than 11pm, and that the PVC window and doors be replaced with hardwood “to safeguard the architectural heritage” of the square.

The objector subsequently appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala, but his objection was thrown out as it was deemed too late for consideration.