Junction 14, Monasterevin plans further expansion

M7 service station

Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

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Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

Junction 14, Monasterevin plans further expansion

Liam and Donal Fitzpatrick at Junction 14 back in 2011

Plans to further expand Junction 14 motorway service station at Mayfield have been lodged with Kildare County Council.

The company, behind the business, Lidon Ltd, is hoping to make changes to the previous plans, which were approved by the council last year.

It wants to reconfigure and extend the permitted ground and first floor areas from 1,785sq.m to 2,208sq.m. The new motorway services building will host a forecourt convenience shop, four café/restaurant units with common seating area, covered external and internal children’splay areas, public toilets and ancillary staff storage areas.

On the first floor level, the developers want permission for an office and staff areas including management/administration areas, store and plant rooms, toilets and a lift/ stairs.

They also want to relocate the entrance door and lobby. The works will including the partial demolition of the existing building as previously permitted, minor revisions to hard and soft landscaping adjoining the extended building, reconfigured service yard, signage and a new bin storage area.

The existing access roads, 266 car parking, 42 truck parking and five bus parking areas will remain unchanged. The layouts of the fuel pumps/canopies and ESB-substation are also unchanged from the previous planning approval.

Submissions can be made by September 18 and a decision is due from Kildare County Council on October 09. Liam and Donal Fitzpatrick are directors of Lidon Ltd. Spar Express, which employs 145 people alone, won the Best Food to Go Department Award at the 2015 ShelfLife C-Store Awards.