Plans for new filling station at Dundalk Retail Park resubmitted for a third time

Plans for a new filling station at Dundalk Retail Park have been resubmitted to Louth County Council for a third time.

In October 2017 Petrogas Group Ltd, who operate the Applegreen chain of filling stations, were granted conditional planning permission for a 466sqm station at the retail park, off the Inner Relief Road. This was subsequently appealed by Thomas McMullan with An Bord Pleanála later granting permission for the development subject to 17 revised conditions.

Petrogas Group Ltd returned with a new application for the proposed filling station last month but this was deemed to be incomplete. Now a renewed application has been put forward for the facility, which would be located in front of the existing KFC drive-thru.

The application is virtually identical to the one initially granted permission by Louth County Council but includes elements such as the off-licence which An Bord Pleanála had directed them to remove.

Similar to the last time they are proposing to build a service station building measuring 466.2sqm which will contain three food offerings (offer 1 – 19.8sq.m, offer 2- 16.5sq.m and offer 3 – 14.8sq.m), a new retail area of 100sq.m (including ancillary off-licence, 4.1sq.m), a seating area (69.47sq.m) and a back of house area for storage, toilets and food preparation (192.2sq.m).

Food offering number three will include a drive-thru hatch facility and will involve hot food for consumption off the premises.

The service station building will have a storage yard to the rear and will contain eight signs (three on the north façade, one each on the west and east façade and three on the south façade), along with one logo on the north façade.

There would also be six pump islands with branded canopy over it, with signage to three sides.

The application also seeks permission for all associated site works including a new two-way road along the south boundary, landscaping, outdoor seating, jet wash, brush wash, car wash storage (12sq.m), picnic area, car parking spaces, boundary treatment around the perimeter of the site, play area, refueling point, vents, underground tank farm, main ID sign, drive-thru lane, provision of one vehicular entry point and two exit points and ‘welcome’ and ‘exit’ signs.

A decision on the matter is due by May 16th.