WORK ON the new Tesco hypermarket at Ramstown Lower, Gorey, can finally go ahead, after being given the green light by An Bord Pleanala last week.
The Board decided to grant permission for the 8,242 sq.m. food store building, despite a recommendation by its own Inspector that permission be refused.
An appeal to the original granting of permission by Wexford County Council, was lodged with An Bord Pleanala by RGDATA, the representative organisation for independent family grocers in Ireland. Two other appeals by local residents were subsequently withdrawn.
Niralcy Ltd, care of Pat Neville and Sons Ltd., Wexford, applied to construct a single storey food store, which will include 2,990 sq.m. for convenience goods, and 2,112 sq.m. for comparison goods; a customer cafe, a service yard, access roads, and a 606 space surface car park.
The Board said it believed the proposed development constituted an appropriate extension to the town centre, and would not affect the vitality and viability of the town centre.
One condition of giving the go-ahead was that some parking spaces to the west of the site be removed, and two landscaped strips be included in the car park. It also called for seating along the footpath to McCurtain Street, and some glazing along the western frontage of the hypermarket.
It also called for the omission of entrances opposite the southern section of the realigned Ramstown Road.
The development will include a link road, continuing on from Gorey Shopping Centre, just off The Avenue, up to the Ramstown Road junction with the old Enniscorthy Road.