Developer Donie Kenny is behind venture
A planning application for a huge development in Monksland, which would cost around €5 million to construct, was lodged with Roscommon County Council on Monday.
According to the planning notice, the development would involve the construction of a district centre, measuring over 16,300 square feet. It would contain a discount food store, an off-licence and a café/bar, along with 16 maisonette-type dwellings on the first floor, organised around residential open space in the form of a quadrangle, over-ground level parking. A second building, measuring almost 7,700 square feet, would also be built. This would comprise consulting rooms and offices.
The proposed development also includes the construction of a proposed link road from the existing public road to the proposed site entrance, in order to access what would be called Monksland District Centre.
The businessman behind the plans is Athlone-based Donie Kenny, who has been attempting to build a similar development in the area in recent years. On June 3, An Bord Pleanála rejected his application to build a retail centre at the Tuam Road site.
His new plans, however, contain far less office and retail space and a residential element to the project. Mr Kenny is adamant that there is a need for his proposal development in the highly populated area of Monksland. “There are supermarkets requiring property in the Monksland area and, contrary to what people think, there are none available for them,” he said. “There are 4,500 people in the Monksland area. There are 4,700 people in Roscommon town. The people in Monksland have to travel a minimum of 12 kilometres, round trip, to do any sort of comparison shopping.
“All of that travel is straight through the centre of Athlone.” Mr Kenny said that the project would cost “in the region of €5 million” and that the “anchor tenant would hopefully be a discount supermarket” (like Lidl or Aldi).