By Paul Walsh
Menolly Homes, developer of Dunboyne Castle estate, has had a planning application for the unfinished section of the estate located at the Rooske Road entrance refused by Meath County Council.
The developer was seeking permission for a neighbourhood centre comprising a fully licensed anchor retail convenience store, two secondary retail units, coffee shop/cafe and community room; car parking spaces, cycle parking, extension of existing cycle-path and footpath, landscaping and development works on the 2.4 acre site.
The Dunboyne Castle Residents Association made a submission to the planning department regarding the application. In their submission they broadly welcomed the development but also raised concerns and recommended alterations. The residents association met with representatives of Menolly Homes and were given a favourable response to the majority of their proposals.
Proposals included a permanent pathway in the wooded area linking the car park of the new development with the Gaelscoil, an increase in the size of the wall around the development and all retail units to close by 9pm with a guarantee that there can never be permission given for any form of fast food outlet or off-license within the units.
There were other objections to this retail development with Eurospar Dunboyne and another local retailer, Michael Ryan, making submissions. The submissions expressed concern about the effect that this development would have on existing business. The council made their decision on 10th February with the following reasons given for their refusal:
"The proposed development by virtue of the scale of the anchor unit within the retail development would and its proposed broad catchment would be contrary to the provisions of the Retail Planning Guidelines 2012, the policies and objectives as contained within the Meath County Development Plan 2013-2019 and with the underlying B3 land use zoning objective pertaining to the site and its present format the development would be inconsistent with the extant permission for retail development on this site and unduly impact upon the vitality of the existing/permitted retailing provision and other suitable sites within Dunboyne Town centre. The proposed development would therefore be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area and would establish an undesirable future precedent."