Part-renovation has been approved for Blackquarry service station

Planning permission has been granted for a renovation of the Blackquarry Service Station on the Bennettsbridge Road, Kilkenny, but plans for an extension including a hot-food take-away were refused by Kilkenny County Council.

Planning permission has been granted for a renovation of the Blackquarry Service Station on the Bennettsbridge Road, Kilkenny, but plans for an extension including a hot-food take-away were refused by Kilkenny County Council.

The council has approved permission for the decommissioning of the existing fuel tanks, installation of three underground fuel tanks, construction of a cover to the three existing jet wash pads, a new timber fenced storage compound and new signage.

It has refused permission, however, for a 13.2sqm extension including a lobby and office at ground-floor level, alterations to the existing floor plans including a passenger lift and disabled toilets, sit-down restaurant with hot food take-away and drive-through, and change of use from retail to retail with ancillary off-licence use.

Concerns about increased traffic and potential queues extending out onto the public road were cited by the council in its decision to refuse part of the application.

“By virtue of the nature and extent of uses proposed (a convenience retail unit, an off-license, a 129sqm restaurant, a drive-through takeaway, a portable pay-to-use waste compactor, car washes and petrol filling pumps), and having regard to the restricted size of the site and to the unsatisfactory car parking layout proposed, it is considered that the proposed development would give rise to significant additional volumes of traffic accessing the site, giving rise to cars potentially queuing and parking on the public road, which would constitute a traffic hazard,” the council found.