Fresh ap­pli­ca­tion for car show­rooms at Crosstown site

Wexford People - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

A WEX­FORD car company is to sub­mit a fresh plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a new show­room in Crosstown af­ter an ear­lier plan was de­clared with­drawn due to a lack of in­for­ma­tion.

Trin­ity JLR (Jaguar land Rover) Ltd has ad­ver­tised its in­ten­tion to ap­ply to Wex­ford County Coun­cil for per­mis­sion to build a show­room in­clud­ing work­shop stores, staff fa­cil­i­ties, a sep­a­rate valet­ing build­ing and a car com­pound with se­cu­rity fenc­ing on a Crosstown site.

The company ap­plied in De­cem­ber 2016 un­der the name E. Mur­phy Mo­tors Ltd for a sim­i­lar de­vel­op­ment on a site listed as be­ing in Ard­ca­van, on land owned by Ard­ca­van De­vel­op­ments who gave per­mis­sion to Trin­ity Mo­tors to ap­ply for plan­ning.

The site en­trance was to be off a shared ac­cess road pre­vi­ously granted plan­ning per­mis­sion by the Coun­cil.

A num­ber of res­i­dents in Or­chard Lane raised con­cerns about the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment and the plan­ning de­part­ment re­quested fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

The ap­pli­cants were asked to carry out an as­sess­ment of the down­stream drainage chan­nel to the sea out­fall which would take all dis­charged sur­face wa­ter from the site.

The lo­cal author­ity also asked for up­stream flows to be taken into ac­count, par­tic­u­larly in the event of storms. A flood risk as­sess­ment was re­quested for prop­er­ties lo­cated down­stream of the de­vel­op­ment.

The re­quest for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion was not com­plied with and in a letter on Au­gust 25 last, the company was in­formed by the County Coun­cil that the ap­pli­ca­tion had been de­clared ‘with­drawn’.

Less than a fort­night later, Trin­ity JLR ad­ver­tised its in­ten­tion to ap­ply for plan­ning per­mis­sion again.

The Crosstown/Ard­ca­van area is now home to sev­eral mod­ern car show­rooms rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent car com­pa­nies.

A plan by Wex­ford busi­ness­man and de­vel­oper Michael Hayes to build two car show­rooms on a site at Crosstown, along with a scheme of houses, was re­cently granted plan­ning per­mis­sion by Wex­ford County Coun­cil and is un­der ap­peal to An Bord Pleanála.

The County Coun­cil ap­proval was ap­pealed by a res­i­dent who is con­cerned about the risk of flood­ing in the area par­tic­u­larly dur­ing in­ci­dents of heavy rain­fall.

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