Thomastown Town of Food Committee has applied for permission to turn the old Ladywell National School in Cloghabrody into a ‘food business incubation centre’.
The development would see alterations to both the existing school building and the site. In addition to sealing up several windows in the school building, the developers want to build a single-storey extension to the boiler room, and a 79sqm single-storey portable cabin structure incubator unit.
They also want to use the existing courtyard as an outdoor market for the sale of food goods to the public, and demolish a storage shed to widen access to the courtyard. The project would see the establishment of 1,200sqm ‘market garden’ within an existing grassed section of the site.
There would be plenty of parking provided, with 20 on-site spaces, and a hardsurfaced link road and footpath to link the carpark to the proposed incubation centre, and the provision of a new site entrance off the N9 Dublin Road.