Appeal lodged over Monksland planning refusal

An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála over Roscommon County Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for a €5 million development in Monksland, near Athlone.

  In July, businessman Donie Kenny applied for permission to develop a district centre, measuring 16,300 sq. ft. It would contain a discount food store, like Lidl or Aldi, along with an off-licence, café/bar and 16 dwellings.

  A second building, measuring almost 7,700 sq. ft., would also be built. It would contain consulting rooms and offices.  

            However, in September, the council rejected the application, partly on the grounds that the amount of retail development proposed would not be justified.

  On October 1, Mr Kenny appealed that decision to An Bord Pleanála. The case is due to be decided by February 12, 2016.

  Meanwhile, a 19-acre site in Parkway Avenue, Athlone, has gone on sale for €1.1 million. The lands, located on the Co. Roscommon side of the town, are zoned for residential development.

  Planning permission was previously granted for a housing estate on the site, which involved 144 houses, 13 apartments and a creche.