An Bord Pleanála have given the go ahead for the building of a new cinema in the retail park, despite a number of objections.
The state-of-the-art seven screen cinema is planned for the units formally occupied by Harvey Norman, who ceased trading at the Retail Park during the summer of 2013.
Two local businesses had submitted an appeal with An Bord Pleanala against the Dundalk Town Council’s decision to grant planning permission for thecinema at the Dundalk Retail Park.
The objections to transform the former Harvey Norman units into a cinema had come from the Marshes Shopping Centre and IMC Cinema at Carroll Village.
The plans for the cinema, from David Carson, receiver and manager of Finnabair Estates Limited, were put on hold until An Bord Pleanala reviewed the case, which they now have done.
This is not the first time that an alternate cinema has been given the go ahead. In 2010 An Bord Pleanála green lighted a ‘Movies @ Dundalk’ development, which was also proposed by David Carson and subsequently objected to by the IMC group.
See next week’s Dundalk Democrat for the full story.