One of Laois’ busiest service stations is planning to close and turn into a car sales showroom.
Downey’s Autostop Ltd is based on Dublin Road in Portlaoise where they have a service station, several car dealerships and a garage.
The Portlaoise-owned company has applied to turn its convenience store into a showroom and remove the forecourt canopy and underground fuel tanks.
Their request is made to the Departmental Council of Laois.
He is seeking “to change the use of a convenience store to an auto sales showroom and obtain permission to alter the existing building.”
“The development will consist of alterations to the existing building internally and alterations to the existing facade, removal of the existing forecourt canopy and existing underground tanks and upgrading of the existing totem panel, the addition of a new rear customer transfer area with awning, new boundary treatments and any associated works”.
The application was filed on March 9, with a planning decision expected in May.
However, the change may not be as dramatic as it seems.
The company recently announced its intention to submit the planning for a new large service station next door.
This plan, although not yet submitted to Laois County Council, is to consist of the removal of an existing building and the construction of a new two-storey service station and convenience store licensed including retail store, deli, restrooms, shops, ATM, lounge area with full off license on ground floor.
The application includes: staff facilities with canteen, office spaces, technical rooms and outdoor facilities on the first floor. New forecourt with awning, pumping islands, signage, roadside light totem, service area, car wash, underground fuel storage
tanks, electric vehicle charging, parking, fuel unloading point.
This planned project would see the site entrance relocated with landscaping to the Leinster Express business park.