Penneys project described as 'dead in the water' amidst appeal for hotel to move into site

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The former Penneys site in Carlow Town

A €70m development of the former Penneys site at Hanover was described as "dead in the water" at last week's full meeting of Carlow County Council. 

Cllr Fergal Browne asked about the future of the 200,000sqm shopping development in the centre of the town, announced amid much fanfare two years ago. 

Yet to date, nothing has happened. In 2016, an extension was granted to Donnybrook Property Investments Limited for their planning application for the development of the site in Carlow.

The extension of the planning permission expires on November 13 in 2021.

He argued that a hotel or leisure facility would be a better attraction for the site rather than a building that would "displace more business" in Carlow Town. 

"I presume at this stage the project is dead in the water. If a shopping centre opens there tomorrow morning it would only displace other businesses.

"Penneys is working in the Carlow Shopping Centre, it has breathed new life into the centre," Cllr Browne added.