Two local businesses have submitted an appeal with An Bord Pleanala against the Dundalk Town Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a seven screen cinema at the Dundalk Retail Park.
The objections to transform the former Harvey Norman units into a cinema 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, will now be put on hold until An Bord Pleanala review the case.
A decision on the matter is due to be made by the 7 April, 2014.
The grounds for the Marshes objecting to the cinema include the development’s impact on the town centre area.
They also added that they “intend to make an application for a cinema development in the coming weeks.”
The objection continues on to say that such a development would be diminished if a cinema is permitted at the retail park.
The Marshes added that the cinema would have “consequences for the future provision of retail warehousing in Dundalk”.
The Marshes also highlight previous cases when An Bord Pleanala has ruled against cinema developments in Navan Retail Park and Drogheda Retail Park.
IMC Cinema objects to the plans on related grounds.
IMC say the planned cinema “threatens the viability of the existing cinema, a long established town centre use and should therefore be refused permission.”
IMC has occupied the current site since 1999 and currently employs 20 staff members.