Two objections to plan for expansion to Kate's farm shop
PLANS for an extension to include a cafe/restaurant at the popular Kate's Farm Shop on the Newline Road have hit an obstacle following objections lodged with An Bord Pleanala.
The county council had granted permission to landowner Myles Carroll for the development of the existing premises, however, two sets of objections have been lodged with the the board, with a decision now months away.
The appellants are Richard Parle and Others, from McQuillans Cross, Clonard Great, and Doris and James Fortune, of Ballymorris, Clonard Great.
The Parle objections raise issues of intensification of an already dangerous entrance, claims that the development is not in keeping with rural design guidelines and would have a negative visual impact; any takeaway use would have an undesired impact on the area; if permitted. hours of operation should be limited and if permitted, the serving of alcohol should not be allowed.
The Fortune's objections also raise the issue of the danger to public safety, fears about the size and scale of the proposed development, noise levels, 'it would infringe on our privacy and have a negative impact on our property' and the affect on the vitality and viability of existing cafes/retail units in the area.
In their objection, the couple claim concerns over 'unsociable behaviour', there is an existing issue with water leakages, the noise would be greatly increased and would be continuous, loud and have a significant impact on our quality of life and that of the local neighbourhood. Among previously filed observations they said 'it would discourage people from going into town'.
In the objection based on the perceived impact on other businesses in the area they say: 'There currently is a newly-opened facility in Kelly's Cafe in Drinagh, Whitford House already cater for this type of facility, which are only located 100 yards away. Killeen's Service Station also has another such facility similar to the proposed development.
'We feel there is already an oversupply of such developments, which generally lead to vacant property in the long term and would have a negative visual impact on this rural area.'
In its grant of permission, the county council says the proposed restaurant shall not open independently of the shop unit of which it forms part and shall not open outside the hours of opening of the shop unit.
The proposal also includes an upgrade to the existing entrance by creating a single entrance and kerbing along the roadside boundary.
The area engineer states in his report that the proposed perpendicular arrangement of a single entrance and exit is preferable to the current indistinct and oblique access arrangement.
Kate's Farm Shop is operated by Kate O'Mahoney and her husband Ollie who have turned what was a small start-up a few years ago into a into a thriving business.