An Applegreen motorway services site in Co. Clare has been refused planning permission by Clare County Council, following a strongly worded objection from Dromoland Castle Holdings, which operates Dromoland Castle.
In its submission to the Council, Dromoland said that while it does ’acknowledge that there may be the need for the provision of motorway service stations on the national motorway network”, it says that these ‘need to be planned in a strategic and coherent manner’.
The proposed site, at Junction 11 on the M18, is ‘not adequate or strategically positioned or identified to accommodate the type of development proposed’, the company said.
The proximity of the development to a separate planned site at Junction 12 would ‘lead to driver confusion on the M18’, it added.
It also noted that the proposed development would have been situated at ‘the main access point from the national road network to Dromoland Castle’, around 600 metres from the main estate entrance, and therefore would have had ’the potential to generate significant and adverse visual impact’.
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