‘Gaming machines’ ban at Portlaoise units

LAOIS County Council has banned gaming machines in a Portlaoise retail/industrial unit development that was recently approved for conditional planning permission.

LAOIS County Council has banned gaming machines in a Portlaoise retail/industrial unit development that was recently approved for conditional planning permission.

And should the development near Portlaoise hospital proceed, contribution fees amounting to €19,146 will have to be paid.

Michael Hanley applied on December 21 last for permission to construct three new retail warehousing units, one light industrial unit, extend car parking area and all associated works at Ballyroan, Dublin Road, Laois.

Further information was requested from the Planning Department resulting in the proposed development being changed to two new ground floor retail warehousing units of 92 and 84 square metres as opposed to three.

There were fifteen conditions attached to the planning approval decided on August 1, including one that read, “The premitted retail and light industrial units shall not be used as an amusement arcade, fun fair or gaming arcade. No gaming machines or video machines of any kind shall be placed within the premises.”

In accordance with the Council’s Development Contribution Scheme, a contribution of €12,144 shall be payable prior to the development commencing and a contribution of €7,002 must also be paid in respect of a shortfall in car parking (six spaces @ €1,167 per space).