Longford County Council has refused planning permissison for an automated petrol station on the Dublin Road in Longford town.
Maxol Ltd had applied to develop a site located between the Lidl supermarket and the railway overbridge, and the development would have featured three petrol pump islands, car wash, a carvac and air point, and underground storage tanks.
However, the local authority’s Planning Department has deemed the site to be unsuitable for such a development.
In its report, the department said: “The proposed development is located close to a railway bridge which severely restricts sightlines to the east and is located in close proximity to a number of existing individual accesses and right turning lanes. The application does not indicate the ability to achieve the required sightlines from the proposed access point. It is further considered that the entrance/exit arrangements proposed are unsafe for pedestrian access to the property.”
The report also stated that the development would be a “visual disamenity at this location which is an important entrance route into Longford town and would be distracting to drivers on the road”.
Maxol Ltd reserves the right to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála.