Challenge to barracks development allowed


Permission to challenge a decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for a large-scale retail development at the site of a former military barracks in Co Cork has been granted by the High Court.

Mr Justice Roderick Murphy yesterday granted leave to Leefield Ltd, SuperValu, Tramore, Co Waterford, to challenge the planning authority’s decision of July 6th granting permission for a retail store, cafe and staff facility near the former Murphy barracks at Ballincollig, Co Cork.

Leefield argues that the board’s decision should be quashed as it fails to give proper reasons for granting the permission and breaches the 2000 Planning and Development Act.

It also claims the development would not integrate with the rest of the town and would function as a stand-alone entity.

Mr Justice Murphy adjourned the matter to October.