An Taisce prevents 'drive thru' in inner-urban Navan site adjacent to a school

26th March 2014
Press Release

An Taisce has successfully appealed a 'drive thru' at Brew's Hill, Navan, Co Meath. The subject site was immediately adjacent to the entrance to St. Joseph's Mercy Primary School. An Taisce's primary concern was the exposure of students to foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar. Speaking on behalf of An Taisce, Tomás Bradley stated: 'we are delighted An Bord Pleanála has taken careful consideration of the appropriateness and location of fast food outlets in the vicinity of schools and parks, as advocated by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in their Draft Local Area Plan Guidelines 2012'

There are other issues at the location, as outlined by An Taisce to the planning appeals board. Mr Bradley noted: 'a better design solution can be achieved at this site that would enhance the character of the area rather than permit an anti-urban development which promotes unsustainable modes of travel and undermines the active function of the street and town centre'.

An Bord Pleanála signed the order to refuse the drive-thru on the 24th March 2014 on the grounds that the streetscape and visual amenities of the area would be seriously injured.

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For further information, please call:

Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications Chair, An Taisce Tel: +353 87 2411995

James Nix, Policy Director, An Taisce Tel: +353 86 8394129 email: publicaffairs@antaisce.org

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