A planning application to build a “drive-thru” restaurant in Monread has been turned down by Kildare County Council.
Straffan-based Castlekeel Ltd., a well known building and development company, had sought to build a single storey restaurant including ancillary sale of hot food for consumption off the premises, toilets, a staff area, kitchen and storage areas as well as car parking.
The site at Monread Road is on the same side as the Monread Shopping Centre and close to the Aldi store. The development would have had a floor area covering 545 square metres but was rejected by the council because planning permission was granted to Castlekeel in March 2013 for a similar development nearby “on the adjoining site within the same landholding.”
KCC said that “two drive thru restaurants adjoining each other at this location are not considered acceptable.”
The general planning objectives for the area means that, in general, a development of this type is open for consideration, provided that there is not an excessive concentration of hot food take away businesses in the area.
There were no objections to the proposal although Tesco did raise some issues.
It requested the council to ensure that they proposed development does not impact “on the existing access arrangements to the Monread Shopping Centre.”
Tesco further asked that additional information be sought in the form of a detailed construction management plan to enable Tesco to determine the impact the development would have on the MSC. Some years back Castlekeel Ltd. was among the objectors to the Tesco-anchored shopping centre, criticising the design and claiming that the centre would be detrimental to the proper development of the area.