An Bord Pleanála receives appeal for Waterford Retail Park extension

An Bord Pleanála receives appeal for Waterford Retail Park extension

Elements of a planned extension of Waterford retail park have been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The developers, Monaco Properties Limited, submitted their appeal on the 21st of January.

Earlier this month, Monaco were granted planning permission by Waterford City and County Council for an application consisting of a 10,000 square metre L-shaped extension to the retail park.

However, 17 conditions were attached to this, one of which specified that only 20% of the floor-space for the unit that it is expected would be occupied by French sporting giant, Decathlon, could be used for the sale and display of items.


The condition also specifies that the unit can only be used for the sale of bulky goods.

It's these elements of the decision that is now being appealed by Monaco.

The developers are not appealing the council's decision to refuse permission for a separate, three-storey building, which would have been for office and/or medical-related uses.

In their appeal, they submit that the council has taken a "narrow interpretation" of the Retail Planning Guidelines when it comes to the sale of non-bulky goods and are asking that that be revisited.


They have asked An Bord Pleanála to revise the wording of the condition to specify instead that Decathlon can sell bulky and non-bulky sporting, recreation and leisure-related products and goods.

ABP are due to have a decision on or before the 29th of May this year.

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