Council refuse proposed takeaway at Tesco Shopping Centre

July 2, 2012 by  
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South Dublin County Council has refused permission for a controversial planning application for a takeaway at Tesco Shopping Centre. William had supported Woodview residents in opposting this planning application. William’s objection is copied below.

To: Planning Department, South Dublin County Council, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

29th June 2012

Re: Objection to Planning Application Reg. Ref. SD12A/0109 

 Dear Sirs,

 I wish to lodge an objection to planning application reg. ref SD12A/0109 for change of use of retail unit to a food take-away restaurant at Lucan Shopping Centre.

 I enclose the prescribed fee of €20.

Impact on Residential Amenity

I share the concerns of local residents regarding the impact of this proposed takeaway on the residential amenity of Woodview, Hillcrest, Dodsboro Road and the apartments at Wentworth and Woodview Court immediately opposite the proposed takeaway.

I have a consistent record of objecting to applications for new takeaways which I felt would negatively affect residential amenity.

While I acknowledge that this unit is zoned ‘LC’, nonetheless, Policy S16 of the South Dublin County Development Plan 2010-2016, which was adopted by the elected member, still applies, i.e.:

“It is the policy of the County that the provision of restaurants, takeaways, nightclubs, licensed premises and betting offices will be strictly controlled, having regard to the following, where appropriate:

  • The effect of noise, general disturbance, hours of operation, litter and fumes on the amenities of nearby residents or adjoining commercial activities;
  • The need to safeguard the vitality and viability of shopping areas in the County and to maintain a suitable mix of retail uses;
  • Traffic considerations;
  • The number/frequency of such facilities in the area; and
  • Satisfactory arrangements with the Council in relation to litter control.

In line with Policy S16, I would in particular wish to point out the following:

  • A new takeaway will invariably  increase the likelihood of late-night loitering and anti-social behavior and problems of littering in the area;
  • A change of use will have parking and traffic implications in particular the increased likelihood of short-stay parking on Tandy’s Lane, opposite and close to the entrance to Woodview estate;
  • There is already similar uses in the general area including Dominos Pizza, 2 Lucan Shopping Centre (immediately next to the subject premises; The Tasty Chinese, 1 Dodsboro Shopping Centre and McDonalds, Celbridge Road (across the N4 footbrodge).

Lack of Information

Regrettably the planning application is ‘light’ on information, providing only basic plans, therefore preventing a proper assessment of its likely impact. In particular, the applicant has failed to submit any form of report or other details to indicate how this proposed development would comply with Policy S16 of the Development Plan. Neither has an assessment of the parking and traffic implications been provided.

I would feel that the failure to submit sufficient information is wholly unacceptable and represents sufficient reason to request a refusal of this application

Yours Sincerely,


Cllr. William Lavelle