Petrol station plans filed for Dunshaughlin

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Applegreen’s plans for a motorway service area in Dunshaughlin have been submitted to Meath County Council.

Petrogas Group Ltd is applying for permission for a service area and electric vehicle charging on a 3.4 hectare site in Knocks, Dunshaughlin. Plans include 36 electric vehicle charging station parking spaces, eight general fuel pumps and two heavy-duty fuel pumps, as well as underground fuel storage tanks and auxiliary piping.

A 968 m² amenities/services building is proposed to include an unlicensed retail convenience store, two food outlets, one of which would be a drive-thru, cafe area, ancillary food preparation area, wellness facilities and a seating area for 166 seats. Two picnic areas and a children’s play area are offered outside.

A driver’s exercise area, 92 parking spaces, 4 family spaces, 6 accessible spaces, 6 car parking spaces, 3 coach parking spaces, 12 heavy goods vehicle spaces and 12 bicycle spaces are planned.

A previous application by Applegreen for a similar development was granted planning permission by Meath County Council in 2016, but this was overturned by An Bord Pleanala on appeal, who refused it as the land was not area.

Cllr Gerry O’Connor welcomed the filing of the application. He said: “Applegreen has submitted its planning application for an off-motorway development comprising a service station, retail units and ample parking for the drivers’ statutory long breaks. The development will include a fast food outlet at take away and sit in. It will be similar to the development of Enfield.

“During the county development plan process, I tabled a motion to change the zoning from agriculture to economic development. The motion was opposed by Meath County Council, but my fellow councilors supported me and the motion passed.

“Similarly, the Office of the Town Planning Regulator opposed the motion, but after receiving reasonable responses they later changed their position. It is a multi-million euro development for Dunshaughlin and will create around 25 local jobs. It’s been a long road but I’m happy.”

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