Plans to bring Supermac’s to Letterkenny have been challenged again after a second objection was made to An Bord Pleanala.
Planning permission is being sought to build Letterkenny’s first branch of the Irish fast-food chain on Port Road Letterkenny.
Atlantic Enterprises Limited, whose directors are Supermac’s chief Pat McDonagh and his wife Una, had proposed to build a two-storey Supermac’s and Papa John’s outlet with a drive-thru on the old Tinney’s Coalyard near the Station Roundabout.
Permission was granted on a conditional basis last December by Donegal County Council.
However, the project is now facing two appeals made to An Bord Pleanala. Lindat Limited, which is part of the Harcourt Developments Group and owner of Letterkenny Shopping Centre first objected to the decision in January 2019.
It was revealed this week that a second objection has been lodged by Declan Mac an Fhailghigh in Letterkenny.
The appeal is focused on traffic, road safety, noise and concerns over existing food outlets. Mr Mac an Fhailghigh said that Letterkenny already has heavy traffic congestion in this area of the town and tailbacks would be likely. The objection also pointed out that a drive thru “will only exacerbate the problem” with two drive-thrus already existing in the town.
Mr Mac an Fhailghigh said there is already a ‘plethora’ of food outlets in the vicinity, adding: “Another outlet would only add to litter and anti-social behaviour in this area of town especially late at night.”
The new submission is set to be brought into consideration by An Bord Pleanala.
It is speculated that the Supermac’s restaurant could bring significant job creation to Letterkenny, with over 80 estimated jobs being created during the construction phase and 25 more permanent roles once opened.Tags: