Plans for warehouses in Urlingford ‘no longer appropriate’

Tess Felder

Tess Felder

PLANS for a development of 26 warehousing units, a retail unit, restaurant and office space in Urlingford have been deemed “no longer appropriate” by Kilkenny County Council.

Permission for the proposed development was granted by the council in July 2006, but work on the site has not commenced. The developer Irish and European Properties Ltd then applied for an extension of the permission, which is due to expire on July 18 of this year, but the council has recommended that permission be refused.

The same developer was recently granted a five-year extension on the planning permission for the hotel it began building on the town’s Main Street.

Regarding the development consisting of 26 warehousing units, one retail unit, one restaurant, office space and a roundabout on the N8 and ancillary works, the planning file states: “There have been significant changes in the development objectives in the development plan for the area of the planning authority since the date of the permission such that the development would no longer be consistent with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

“The Planning Authority is of the opinion that the scale of development permitted under (the 2006 planning permission) is no longer appropriate to the scale and character of Urlingford having regard to current economic downturn and consequently, the loss of demand for the significant amount of commercial development/warehousing units permitted on the site. This loss of demand is evident in the fact that development has not yet commenced on the site in the five years since the permission was granted.”

It further notes that, in the time since the permission was first granted, new Flood Risk Assessment Guidelines were issued by the Department of the Environment in November 2009. “Any new developments on the subject site would be subject to a FRA and as such the development would not be consistent with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” the planning file states.