An Bord Pleanála REFUSE planning for massive TK Maxx and Homesense in Carlow after appeal

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Plans for massive TK Maxx and Homesense development in Carlow

An Bord Pleanála has REFUSED planning permission for a massive TK Maxx and Homesense in Carlow after an appeal. 

Thomas Thompson Holdings Ltd applied to Carlow County Council for planning to build the stores beside KFC in the Carlow Retail Park.

Conditional planning permission was granted for the development by the Council but an appeal was lodged by Fairgreen Shopping Centre and by Thomas Thompson Holding Limited against the decision made on August 26 of last year.

ABP's decision to REFUSE the permission was made "having regard to the nature and extent of the proposed development, its location at a remove from the town centre outside of the Carlow Inner Relief Road and its lack of connectivity/pedestrian linkages to the town centre".

The Board is "not satisfied, notwithstanding the town centre zoning of the site, that the proposed development would not have a detrimental impact on the vitality and viability of Carlow Town centre".

They added that it "would not create an overly strong counter attraction to the town centre in terms of retail shopping, and considered, therefore, that the proposed development would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area".