An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for a takeaway to be developed in Carrick-on-Shannon – even though its own inspector approved of the proposal.
The board claims the business would create a traffic hazard and cause noise and disturbance to homes in the area.
Raj Singh, the owner of Apache Pizza in Quad Road in Carrick, wants to change the use of the ground floor of a property on Main Street and Priest’s Lane from a house and retail unit, known as Taylor’s, to a takeaway.
He also sought to demolish the existing rear extensions and build a two-storey extension that would have a kitchen downstairs and accommodation overhead.
In April, Leitrim County Council granted permission for the latter section, but the takeaway was refused and Mr Singh appealed against it to An Bord Pleanála.
The senior planning body’s inspector recommended granting permission for the fast-food outlet, provided it closes no later than 1 am at the weekends.
He says that considering the number of night-time facilities in the area, it’s unlikely the takeaway would significantly exacerbate the level of noise, odour or litter in the vicinity.
But, not accepting his recommendation, the board refused permission for the outlet.
Similar to the council, it claims it’d cause a traffic hazard and could impact negatively on local homes through noise and disturbance.