Monday 27 May 2019

Omniplex restaurant gets An Bord Pleanala go-ahead

Wexford Omniplex on the Rosslare Road at Drinagh
Wexford Omniplex on the Rosslare Road at Drinagh

Anna Hayes

Planning permission has been granted for a restaurant at the site of the Omniplex cinema in Strandfield, following a referral to An Bord Pleanala.

The company sought to construct a 381 square metre one-storey restaurant building adjacent to the existing cinema building, and the retention of 146 car parking spaces.

It was the second time the company had applied for such permission, having applied for a restaurant and leisure/entertainment centre at the end of 2016. That application was refused by Wexford County Council and subsequently referred to An Bord Pleanala who upheld the council's decision.

Earlier this year, the company resubmitted an application for the restaurant building only and the council, again, rejected the application based on the design of the building, saying that it needed a stronger design and was not appropriate for what is a main approach road into the town.

In refusing permission earlier in the year, planners at Wexford County Council pointed out that the building was almost identical to that submitted in the original plan in 2016, and said: 'The applicant has declined to take the advice of the senior planner and has resubmitted the same design which is wholly inappropriate for this high profile and important site on the Rosslare Road.'

The company subsequently lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala and received a favourable response before Christmas.

The Board felt that, subject to compliance with their conditions, the development would not be out of character with the area, nor would it constitute a traffic hazard.

Wexford People

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