An Taisce criticises planning bodys decision on drivethrough fast food outlets

first_imgAN BÓRD PLEANALA is ignoring climate science and Government transport policy, according to An Taisce, Ireland’s planning watchdog.An Taisce claims that An Bord Pleanála has made “weak decisions” in a number of cases, criticising a decision last week which saw the planning appeals board approve a drive-through fast foot outlet on the historic Boyne Valley approach to Drogheda.CarsThey state that a development of this kind will result in “higher levels of car-borne commuting while reducing patronage at long-established restaurants in Drogheda town centre”.DAAThey were also critical of a decision which granted permission to Dublin Airport Authority to continue using 10,200 long term surface car parking spaces despite the retention of these spaces being “completely incompatible with the Government’s Smarter Travel policy,” said An Taisce.An Taisce said that it is “damaging the regeneration of Irish towns”.They added:These two most recent decisions by An Bord Pleanála follow closely on regressive determinations for retail expansion of the Liffey Valley and Kildare Village shopping centres.Read: London Tube-style map shows how Dublin public transport will link up>Read: An Taisce granted leave to appeal peat burning at Edenderry power station>last_img

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