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September 27th 2006

Drumcliff Golden Celebrations

Some of the original residents of Drumcliff enjoying the 50th anniversary celebrations - Mary Clerkin, Deirdre McGroarty, Phyl McGinty, Una Rooney, Nan and Patsy Duncan, Aurdrey Nesbitt. Missing from photo are Tommy McGroarty, Mrs Kathleen Glenn and Mrs. Eileen McGovern. Photo: Michael Devaney


An Bord Pleanala refuse permission for proposed Tesco supermarket in Ballybofey
Is the Twin Town’s loss Donegal’s gain

An Bord Pleanala has served another bitter blow to County Donegal following its decision last week to refuse planning permission for the erection of a new Tesco supermarket on a site opposite Mulrines Soft Drinks Factory in Ballybofey. The proposed development consisted of a foodstore with a floor area of 4,351 square metres, 328 car-parking spaces, advertising signage, trolley bays and landscaping.
The Board’s decision on the Ballybofey supermarket is the first of two decisions in the pipeline for major supermarket proposals in the county. The other decision which is due to be made before 11th October 2006 relates to a proposed Dunnes Stores supermarket at the Mullans/Drumcliff, Donegal Town which has been proposed by Bennett Construction Limited.
In overturning the decision of Donegal County Council to grant planning permission for the supermarket in Ballybofey, the Board issued three reasons for refusal as outlined below:
1. It is the policy of the planning authority, as set out in the current Ballybofey/ Stranorlar Local Area Plan that the preferred location for new retail development, where practicable and viable, is within the town centre. Furthermore, the key policy objectives of the Retail Planning Guidelines for Planning Authorities, issued by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in January, 2005, support the continuing role of town centres, with the preferred location for retail development being within town centres. Having regard to the location of the site outside the proposed by-pass link road, to the inconvenient walking distance from the site to the commercial core of the town and to the existence of practicable and viable alternative sites within convenient walking distance of the commercial core of the town centre and public transport facilities, it is considered, notwithstanding both the detailed objectives of the Local Area Plan in respect of the site and the potential of the development to strengthen the convenience retail function of Ballybofey/Stranorlar, that the proposed development would conflict with the overall policy of the planning authority in respect of the location of retail development and with the provisions of the Retail Planning Guidelines and would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.
2. Having regard to the layout and design of the proposed development, which entails location of the proposed building at the rear of the site, with a large surface car-park to the front and significant increases in ground level to the rear, it is considered that the proposed


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