MORE THAN 800 residents of Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, are appealing against the county council’s decision to grant the demolition of three historic buildings in the town to make way for a new shopping centre.
Last March Cusack Homes sought permission from Meath County Council for the development which includes a 4,239 sq m anchor retail unit, five smaller shops, two offices and 323 parking spaces on a site off Main Street.
The application sought permission for the demolition of a boundary wall but did not seek the demolition of any buildings.
However, last April the council sought revisions from the developer following concerns about traffic safety related to the proposed entrance off Main Street to the development.
Last September the applicants submitted proposals to allow for a changed entrance which included the demolition of mid- to late-19th century buildings including an old industrial building, dating from the 1860s, listed on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.
The revisions also include the demolition of two late 19th century houses known locally as Gogan’s home and pub.
The houses were in use until recently and while one is currently vacant the other is still occupied by an estate agent’s firm.
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