Concern as Tesco is granted controversial planning permission

It's emerged that planning permission has been granted to Tesco Ireland for a second access road out of Letterkenny Shopping Centre, to connect onto the Port Road.

Councillors had previously opposed the application, but were told by County Manager that the application was judged on it's merits, with the views of councillors taken on board.

Previously, a similar decision was overturned by An Bord Pleanala, and Cllr Dessie Larkin is predicting this decision will also be appealed.

Cllr Ciaran Brogan sounded a note of caution during the discussion, saying that if Letterkenny were to get a reputation as a town where progress is met with objections, then that could impact on potential development and jobs in the future.

He says there is a worrying pattern emerging: [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/ciarnweb.mp3[/podcast]