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Green light for huge Shannon retail centre

An Bord Pleamila 1 have granted planning permission for the construction of a department store, 18 retail units and a 400-space multi-level car park at SkyCourt Shannon.

The decision was welcomed by the developers Beaux Walk Properties Ltd and Cafferkey Investments Ltd.

"The go-ahead for what we call Phase 4 is a very significant and positive step in the overall development of the town centre as a major retail centre."Our ability to secure an anchor department store and other key retailers is immeasurably enhanced now that we have planning permission," said Barry Boland, managing director of Beaux Walk Properties.

One of the conditions attached to the grant of permission is that prior to the commencement of the development, the extinguishment of a right-of-way over the existing road to the site must be confirmed by Clare County Council.

"In reality; the Council have already extinguished the right-of-way over part of this road and I am hopeful that the remaining small section can be dealt with so that the development can proceed," Mr Boland said.

The design of the proposed development by architects John Thompson and Partners was praised by the plannmg board inspector in his report.

"The proposal will have a significant positive visual impact in terms of scale and design upon its surrounding public realm, particularly with the provision of live and active external and internal street frontages, and in terms of reinforcing the prominence of the town centre as the core retail area of the town and its wider vicinity," according to the report.

In a separate development, Sky Court have decided to appeal the decision of Clare County Council to refuse permission for a medical centre, retail units, offices and a garden centre.

"We are surprised that Clare County Council have decided to reject this application for Phase 2 bearing in mind that they granted permission for Phase 4. However, we are confident that we can make a strong case and that An Bord Pleanala will overturn their decision," said Mr Boland.

A request for further information has been received from Clare County Council in relation to a planning application for a proposed ora~ tory for the Town Square in Shannon.

The developers are responding to this request and have described the oratory as an important public amenity which will replace the existing temporary structure within the shopping precinct.


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