High Court challenge stalls Supermac’s motorway plaza plan for Ennis

Chartered civil engineer claims there is an “environmental issue” in how the plaza plans to deal with waste water



29 June 2023

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A High Court challenge is delaying plans by Supermacs’ Pat McDonagh to open a €10 million Barack Obama Plaza-style Supermac’s motorway plaza outside Ennis off the M18 motorway,

Pat McDonagh received planning permission for the development location at Kilbreckan, Doora, outside Ennis, last October and The Irish Times reports this brought to an end a near eight-year-long planning saga.

However, a chartered civil engineer from the Burren village of Kilfenora is seeking to challenge An Bord Pleanála’s permission through a High Court judicial review.

Michael Duffy is claiming that the “appropriate assessment”, which assesses potential adverse effects of projects on special areas of conservation, lodged with the planning application, is flawed and that as a result, planning permission should not have been granted.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled next week to determine if he has an arguable case.

According to Duffy, his expertise is the treatment of waste water connected to new schemes, and he contends there is an “environmental issue” in how the Pat McDonagh application plans to deal with waste water.

Pat McDonagh declined to comment in advance of the case coming before the court next week.

When planning was granted last October, McDonagh said the development would create approximately 130 jobs as well as 100 construction jobs for a nine-month construction period.

An Bord Pleanála granted permission for the scheme after concluding it would not lead to a retail destination that would negatively impact upon the existing settlement.



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