COUNTY hall has given the go-ahead for a third filling station and another roundabout on Portlaoise’s Dublin Road.
More than 10 months after applying, Portlaoise Service Station Ltd received Laois County Council’s permission last week to build a smaller station than planned in the original application.
The filling station will be built on the site of a former service station located opposite the junction of the Block Rd which is the main access road to the Midlands Regional Hospital.
In giving permission the council has imposed several conditions on the project including a road safety audit the results of which must get clearance from the Road Safety Authority.
The developers also committed to scaling back the size of the project including reducing the height of the building and cutting a car wash.
Residents and another service station company objected and the council also sought extra information during the planning process
The changes to the plan made by Portlaoise Service Station Limited, which is linked to Downey’s filling station, satisfied the council. The applicants say the also met with some of the objectors to address concerns raised.
The council rejected a similar planning application on site in 2011 from the same applicants. The number one reason given for refusal at the time was that the site was zoned for residential. Since then the site has been rezoned for general business.
The council also stated that development would depreciate the value of houses and also that the there could be a traffic hazard.
In both applications the developers have committed to building the roundabout at the entrance.
Separate from the application, the council previously planned for a roundabout on the site.