Petrol station extension plans are refused

By Aideen O'Flaherty

PLANS for the Circle K Parkway West petrol station in Palmerstown to get a single-storey extension for the development of additional retail space and a fast-food unit has been refused permission by South Dublin County Council.

The local authority stated that the applicant “failed to provide sufficient justification” for the development of the additional retail and fast-food element of the proposed extension.

Parkway service station 1

Parkway West petrol station

The plans were submitted to the council by Circle K last April, where they sought permission for a single-storey extension to the rear of the existing forecourt retail unit, and internal and external alterations to provide an amenity building with retail area.

Plans for a restaurant/café area with hot and cold meals and refreshments, for sale for consumption on and off the premises, and associated customer seating and customer toilets, formed part of the application.

Provision of a back-of-house area with ancillary office, staff welfare facilities, storage and plant areas, an ancillary off-licence, and associated revisions to site layout and all associated site and development works, was included in the plans.

South Dublin County Council refused permission for the plans on December 21, as they stated the applicant had “failed to provide sufficient justification or demonstrate exceptional circumstances for the additional retail element proposed over 100sqm”.

They added that the additional retail element would have “a detrimental impact on the vitality and viability of nearby village and district centres in Palmerstown”, and “would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”.

Similarly, they also stated in their decision that sufficient justification for the fast-food element of the plans hadn’t been provided, “in terms of the potential impact on nearby vulnerable uses, neighbouring residents, the cumulative effect of an additional fast-food premises, the existing land uses and activities, the opening/operational hours and the location of vents and other external services.”

In concluding its decision, the council said the proposed development “would have a harmful effect on the vitality and viability of a nearby village and district centre”, and added that there were concerns regarding the potential impact on neighbouring residential properties from odours and noise.

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