Car wash plan­ning ap­proval ap­pealed to Bord Pleanala

Wexford People - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

A DE­CI­SION by Wex­ford County Coun­cil to grant plan­ning per­mis­sion for a car wash­ing oper­a­tion on a site in Crosstown, has been ap­pealed to An Bord Pleanála.

John Mur­phy Valet­ing Ltd of Fer­ry­bank who al­ready has a dry valet­ing busi­ness in the area, ap­plied to open a fa­cil­ity in­volv­ing the hand wash­ing of cars with power wash­ers.

Ger­ard Bolan of JA Boland and Sons Ltd in­formed the Coun­cil by letter that the ap­pli­cant had ap­proval to ap­ply for per­mis­sion on his premises at Fer­ry­bank, to ac­com­pany an ex­ist­ing valet­ing busi­ness.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted de­spite ob­jec­tions from two res­i­dents in Crosstown and Fer­ry­bank who ex­pressed con­cern about car wash­ing al­ready be­ing car­ried out on the site, a neg­a­tive im­pact on res­i­den­tial amenity and the op­er­at­ing hours.

Ex­ec­u­tive plan­ner Ni­amh Len­non said that hav­ing re­gard to the pres­ence of a long es­tab­lished petrol sta­tion on the site and the fact that car wash fa­cil­i­ties are nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with ser­vice sta­tions, along with the lo­ca­tion ad­join­ing a busy re­gional road, she con­sid­ered that a car wash/valet­ing busi­ness was an ac­cept­able de­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion for a ser­vice sta­tion.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted sub­ject to con­di­tions which in­cluded a limit on op­er­at­ing hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day to Satur­day and on noise lev­els. The de­ci­sion was sub­se­quently ap­pealed to an Bord Pleanála by one of the ob­ject­ing res­i­dents. The case is due to be de­cided by the appeals board by Jan­uary 3, 2018.

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