Mc­Don­alds per­mis­sion is up­held

Bray People - - NEWS -

LIDL HAVE con­firmed that they do not in­tend to al­low Mc­Don­alds to build at their Black­lion site.

In a state­ment, Lidl said that they re­main com­mit­ted to bring­ing a new con­cept store to Grey­stones al­though they have no con­firmed time­line.

This fol­lows a failed ap­peal by Tem­ple Car­rig School against plan­ning per­mis­sion for Mc­Don­alds to build there.

Lidl had pre­vi­ously stated that they would not pro­ceed with the plans and in­stead sub­mit­ted sep­a­rate plans to re­de­velop the store.

Since then, a ‘No Fry Zone’ has been in­cluded in the Wick­low County De­vel­op­ment plan, ban­ning fast food restau­rants in close prox­im­ity to schools.

The per­mis­sion for McDon­ald’s had al­ready been granted, so the No Fry Zone did not ap­ply. Tem­ple Car­rig pro­ceeded to the High Court in an at­tempt to elim­i­nate even the slight­est chance that the restau­rant could de­velop there. The school took and lost a ju­di­cial re­view taken against the de­ci­sion by An Bord Pleanala to al­low the Mc­Don­alds per­mis­sion at Black­lion Re­tail Cen­tre.

Philip Moyles, chair­man of the No Fry Zone 4 Kids com­mit­tee said that they are work­ing on hav­ing No Fry Zones im­ple­mented na­tion­ally and as soon as pos­si­ble.

Mr Jus­tice Max Bar­rett said in the High Court last week that the school had de­cided to pro­ceed with its case due to con­cerns the ‘pen­du­lum of com­merce may yet swing again’, and a fast­food restau­rant un­wanted by the board may yet be built close to the school.

The school did not con­sider hav­ing a fast-food restau­rant al­most on its doorstep ‘is con­ducive to healthy eat­ing by im­pres­sion­able chil­dren go­ing to and from the school’, he said.

The is­sue was whether An Bord Pleanála erred in how it made its de­ci­sion and the court’s con­clu­sion was it had not, and that it did all that was re­quired of it un­der the Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Act 2000.

He found no er­ror in the board’s de­ci­sion to grant per­mis­sion, by a four-to-one ma­jor­ity, gen­er­ally in ac­cor­dance with rec­om­men­da­tions of its in­spec­tor.

The site in ques­tion at Black­lion.

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