Planning authority rejects plans for new car park in Kilkenny city-centre
Plans for a 90 space car park in Kilkenny city-centre have been knocked back after the national planning authority decided the development went against the promotion of “sustainable transport” in the city.
Developer City Lime Works Limited applied to Kilkenny County Council back in March for permission to build a private surface level car park with 90 spaces on the site of the old city lime works to the rear of the World’s End Bar on John’s Street.
The new car park would have been built on the former O’Connell’s store on John’s Street, adjacent to the current car park behind the Kilford Arms.
In July, Kilkenny County Council decided against granting planning permission for the development. City Lime Works Limited then appealed this decision to An Bord Pleanála.
The national planning authority upheld the council’s verdict. Outling their decision, An Bord Pleanála said: “It is considered that the proposed development would encourage the use of the private car for travel and commuting into the city centre area and would militate against the objective of reducing the modal share of private car travel and increasing the modal share of travel by walking, cycling, public transport, and the promotion of sustainable transportation.”