Cllr Tom Fortune is calling for an Oral Hearing on the development of land on the Main Street in Kilcoole located at the rear of the Molly’s pub. The latest planning notice appeared shortly before Christmas with no prior notice to the community.
‘This is for a proposed supermarket . We have yet to get the detail. This land if not developed with full consideration for the community will negatively impact Kilcoole as the village is located on a Regional road the R761. The current planning notice can not be allowed exit on to the Main Street. In addition there is already another planning proposal on this land with An Bord Pleannala , Wicklow County Council went back on three separate occasions for additional information to the developer who has now gone to ABP, this really concerns me on behalf of our community.’ noted Cllr. Fortune.
To date, the land owner has not engaged with the community which in my opinion is wrong and really not acceptable. The development of this land is comparable to the development of the Harbour in Greystones back in 2004 from a community impact perspective. It involved an Oral hearing. We therefore hope and expect that Wicklow County Council will ensure that any development that is approved is sensitive to the environment of the community and that an Oral hearing is facilitated.
Any development must include the by- pass road at rear of the land which is essential to the long term development of Kilcoole. If this is not an essential part of any decisions it would be environmental, infrastructure and community sabotage. I would be shocked if ABP were not to order an Oral hearing for the development of this land.