The planning permission for a McDonald’s restaurant on the city’s Hebron Road that was approved by Kilkenny County Council last month has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
The third-party appeal was made to the board by Michael J. Kenny, who had also made a submission regarding the application when it was being considered by the council. In that submission, he argued that approval of the development would be premature while a planning application for a fast-food restaurant at a nearby site was being considered by the appeals board; that the impact of such a development on the River Nore Special Area of Conservation was unclear; and that there were implications for traffic and surface water in the area.
Also last month, the council agreed to sell the greenfield site to McDonald’s for €850,000, subject to planning.
The site is located between the ring road and St Mary’s Avenue group housing scheme for Travellers, south of the Millennium Court housing estate and opposite Walsh’s Toyota salesroom. The adjacent roundabout connects with the N10, which brings traffic to and from the M9 motorway.
The planning application is for a McDonald’s drive-through 24-hour restaurant and takeaway. It comprises a single-storey drive-through restaurant, vehicular and pedestrian accesses, 67 car parking spaces, bicycle parking, lighting signage, outdoor seating area and road works on the Hebron Road.