Thursday 6 March 2008

Decision to refuse permission for Castleisland shopping development criticised

A decision to refuse planning permission for a shopping development on the outskirts of Castleisland has been criticised, claiming it could cost the town 90 jobs. Tony Walsh of Walsh Colour Print in Castleisland was refused outline planning permission from Kerry County Council to build a 45-thousand-square-feet shop and three one-and-a-half-thousand-square-feet units, at Moanmore, Tralee Road, Castleisland.

Mr Walsh, whose company employs 85 people in Castleisland, will be appealing Kerry County Council's refusal for the development in a town which has a lot of unemployment. The council says the land is zoned industrial, and rezoning it for retail would contravene the town's local area plan.

The Garvey Group, which has a large supermarket in the town, lodged an objection to the store. The Garvey Group were also objectors to the recent planning application by Tesco Ireland to build a new supermarket in the town. Is there any non-garvey group developments that they wont object to? Maybe the Competition Authority should have a look at the state of play in Castleisland

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