Forecourt operator Applegreen has reportedly lodged an objection against Supermac’s who is planning build a €10 million motorway plaza on the Limerick to Galway motorway.
Supermacs owner Pat McDonagh has failed for the past four years with a plan to build the first forecourt on the motorway at Skehanagh outside Ennis on the M18, reports the Irish Examiner.
McDonagh reportedly first lodged plans at the site in 2014 and was subsequently granted approval by Clare Co Council only to be turned down by Bord Pleanála, in 2016.
Supermac’s already has plazas at the ‘Barack Obama’ plaza at Moneygall in Co Offaly and another plaza near the M6 at Loughrea in Co Galway.
In its objection, consultants for Applegreen owners Petrogas said "the proposal is contrary to national policy for motorway services and doesn’t comply with Transport Infrastructure Ireland plans".
The plan is also facing opposition with a number of prominent Ennis businesses, including the Old Ground Hotel, the Temple Gate Hotel and the Hotel Woodstock, as well as local service stations.
According to the Irish Examiner the plan has also attracted the opposition of businesses in Ennis, Co Clare, and has the support of 187 individuals.
The objectors claim the food and tourist information forecourt would harm Ennis and Clarecastle.
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