An Bord Pleanala has given permission for Leitrim County Council to CPO of a parcel of land known as ‘Flynn’s Field’ in Carrick-on-Shannon.
The Council wants to turn the one and a half acre site into a car park as part of the town’s public realm improvement scheme.
Earlier this year Leitrim County Council revealed plans to turn a greenfield site in Carrick-on-Shannon into a car park as part of multi-million euro plans to revamp the streetscape of the town.
The area, known locally as Flynn’s Field, is at the rear of Main Street and Bridge Street with seven owners of various parcels of land within the proposed development identified.
A part eight planning application was submitted in March and an oral hearing on the matter took place in June of this year.
Two people objected, claiming that the development of the car park was not in accordance with the local and national policy and would be an inefficient use of land and accordingly, a disproportionate interference with the landowner’s property rights
However, a planning inspector approved permission, claiming that the car park is necessary as part of the public realm works, its design is appropriate to its surroundings and the community need and public interest is best served by the project going ahead.
In a statement to Shannonside FM, a Council spokesperson claimed that the progression of the CPO was “good news for the development of Carrick-on-Shannon and is an integral part of the Council’s planned urban renewal scheme.”
The Council expects to advertise the tender document for the construction contract in the next few weeks with a view to construction to commencing before year-end.
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