Forecourt retailer Applegreen has been refused planning permission for a motorway service station in. Co. Clare, on the M18 motorway.
The planned site would have covered approximately 13 acres, and incorporated a convenience store operation and several dining options, as well as a picnic area and external play area.
In its decision, Clare County Council said that the planned site would be "contrary to the objectives" of the Clare County Development Plan 2011-2017, and also contrary "to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area".
It said that the proposal, in its current form, would "endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard, due to the additional traffic turning movements and car parking which would be generated by it".
The planned site is located close to Dromoland Castle, which was among the businesses that objected to its development.
It also drew objections from Supermac's founder Pat McDonagh, as well as Ennis Chamber of Commerce, which said that it "strongly maintains that the proposed development will threaten the viability of businesses in Ennis, Newmarket on Fergus, Clarecastle, Quin, Bunratty, Shannon".
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