Friday 24 November 2017

Wexford farm shop plans are thrown out

By David Tucker

Kate's Farm Shop at McQuillan's Cross.
Kate's Farm Shop at McQuillan's Cross.

a Wexford businessman's plans to develop and extend a popular farm shop on the outskirts of the town with the addition of a cafe and restaurant have been thrown out by An Bord Pleanala.

The county council had granted permission to landowner Myles Carroll for the development of the existing premises which houses Kate's Farm Shop, on the Duncannon Line at McQuillan's Cross, however, two sets of objections were received by the planning appeals board, which has now ruled against the proposals.

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. The couple lease the premises from Mr Carroll and were not involved in the plans to expand the business.

The board cited several reasons for overturning the planning permission, including its potential to undermine other retail locations, fears about public health in the event of flooding, and its potential to endanger safety by becoming a traffic hazard.

In its direction, the board said it had decided to refuse generally in accordance with the inspector's recommendations:

*..the proposed development is located in an unzoned and unserviced rural area outside any designated settlement, would undermine the vitality and viability of retail locations designated in the core strategy and retail hierarchy set out in the plan and would therefore materially contravene the County Development Plan and be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

* The Board is not satisfied on the basis of the information submitted with the application that the proposed waste water treatment system will adequately treat foul effluent arising from the proposed development an area identified as being at high risk of flooding by the Office of Public Works. Therefore, it is considered that the proposed development would therefore be prejudicial to public health and would give rise to a

serious risk of water pollution and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area

* The proposed development would access an important regional road (the R733) at a point where there is a solid double white median line, no footpaths, no cycleway, no public lighting or pedestrian crossings and where sightlines to the east are restricted.

The proposed development would generate additional traffic turning movements on this substandard stretch of road and wouldtherefore, endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard.

* The Board is not satisfied based on the information on file that it has been demonstrated that the proposed development would not have a significant adverse effect on any nearby European Site (Slaney River Valley SAC) based on the sites conservation objectives.

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