Major new development in Wexford town centre
A SERIES of new retail developments are being planned in South Main Street, centred on the old Lowney's Mall.
County Wexford-based developer LHM Property Holdings Ltd. has applied for planning permission to amalgamate 59 and 61 South Main Street into a single retail unit, number 63 and part of 65 into a single retail unit, part of 65 and all of 67 into a single retail unit and removal of the existing residential use from the remaining upper floors of the buildings.
In a submission to the county council on behalf of LHM, Philip Ennis, from Ennis Martin Architecture, in Ferns, says the proposal involves the amalgamation of existing retail units and alterations to the existing first floor retail space, front elevation, removal of a portion of the first floor living area and replacement of the existing roof over the rear section of the existing building.
Mr. Ennis says that in relation to the existing upper floors, it is proposed to retain the original ruling which contacts 13 apartments 'in line with advice given to us by the planning authority'.
However, he says, it's proposed to remove the entire floor living area and not to use the remainder of the upper floors.
'The existing staircases will be removed as part of the proposal. Based on this, there is no increase in the retail area.'
If the development proposal gets the green light from the council, it will further enhance the shopping environment of the area which is set to benefit from the opening this Thursday (June 11) of the T.K.Maxx discount store on the Quays.
LHM was the driving force behind the Main Street premises now occupied by Dealz and the nearby Costa Coffee.