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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Planning Committee held their first ever Predetermination Hearing earlier this month in relation to a proposed large scale development at Merchants Quay in Newry. The hearing was attended by Councillors, project representatives and statutory consultees. It was called due to concerns raised by statuatory consultees in respect of the application.

The development known as 'Pearces Gate' had originally got Planning Approval in March 2021 though some conditions were attached including the provision of sufficient car parking.

Following the hearing on 15 December Councillors went straight into their regular planning meeting where they were given the opportunity to make a decision on the application. After some deliberation and advice from a Council officer it was decided to defer the decision. 

The project has the capacity to entirely transform a part of Newry that is currently derelict, covering the site of the former Goss Car Showroom and several other properties in the Cornmarket area. The original plans included 82 residential units (Social and Private); 2100 square metres of office space (incorporating the listed building located at No. 47 Merchants Quay, Newry); 3 retail units and a coffee bar (within the ground floor of the listed building)

The hearing itself heard of several conditions that were being attached to the proposals but kept returning to one particular issue - car parking provision. The project includes the provision of 11 spaces on the site but officials insist that car parking standards for the scheme, which has seen several amendments (now 73 accomodation units) would necessitate 198 spaces, a deficit of 187 spaces!

The applicant had produced a travel plan as part of their application and explained the ethos of the project to Councillors, ie they wanted it to be car free, to take cars out of the city centre and want residents to use sustainable forms of transport, a trend that is happening all over Ireland and the UK.

The developer pointed out that to include the number of spaces suggested on the site which is 0.9 acres it would mean that none of the development could be provided at ground level as the site is too small. They also cited the location beside the bus station, link to railway station, cycle parking provision, the current provision of public car parking in the vicinity and their plans for a shared vehicle as part of a car club scheme as some of their reasons why the large number of spaces weren't needed.

Following discussions it was proposed that the developer could include 62 spaces on site but this was insufficient for Councillors who voted to defer their decision to a date as yet unknown.

 

 

 

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