Council refuses plans for petrol station off motorway link

Plans for a petrol station and convenience store at Blanchfieldsland, Hebron Road beside the city’s ring road have been refused permission by Kilkenny County Council.

Plans for a petrol station and convenience store at Blanchfieldsland, Hebron Road beside the city’s ring road have been refused permission by Kilkenny County Council.

The application was made by DKS Partnership for a vehicle service station with convenience shop, discount convenience retail unit with alcohol sales, restaurant with a drive-through facility and a new access road from the N10 motorway link off the ring road and adjacent to the protected structure Hebron House.

In issuing its decision, the council said the development was premature “pending the determination of a road layout for the area,” that it would constitute a potential traffic hazard on a national road, that it was unclear what impact the development would have on the River Nore Special Area of Conservation and that it would “undermine the integrity of the setting of the protected structure” Hebron House.

“Outline permission” for a motorway services site on the lands was previously refused by the council. Planning permission had been granted in 2005 for the construction of a 208-bedroom hotel, conference centre and leisure centre and the refurbishment of Hebron House, but a time extension was refused by the council when the approved time period expired.