WEST Clare could be in line for a significant jobs boost after a planning application to develop a €4 million supermarket and community development in Miltown Malbay was lodged yesterday.
Local businessman John Jones says the project will regenerate the area and create more than 50 full-time and part-time positions, as well as additional seasonal employment. A further 70 jobs will be generated during the 12-18 month construction phase.
The proposed development will consist of a 10,000sq ft supermarket, 150-space car park, relief road for the town, children’s playground, and an astro-turf facility with associated dressing rooms and lighting.
Mr Jones said: “The employment generated by this project would act as a shot in the arm for Miltown Malbay and surrounding areas, which has experienced high levels of emigration since the downturn in the economy. This project would enable more people to live and work in their own community as they would prefer.”
Last year, An Bord Pleanála refused planning permission to Mr Jones for a previous retail proposal after rival retailer, Richard Coyle of Heinz Londis, appealed a Clare County Council decision to An Bord Pleanála.
The board refused planning, stating the plan would be detrimental to the vitality and viability of the town centre.
However, speaking on the new plan, Mr Jones said: “From a commercial point the supermarket is a very important addition to the infrastructure of the town. On a local level the car park, playground and playing pitch, which represents an investment of in excess of €250,000, would be vital additions to the towns amenities.
“The single-storey supermarket, which will have a separate service yard with staff parking and is designed with the latest environmentally friendly innovations, will generate its business from the current high level of business spillage out of the town.”
Mr Jones added: “For example, Miltown St Joseph’s GAA club has pledged its support to the project as it recognises the importance associated with building a self-sustainable community, one which offers work opportunities and an improved quality of life for its young people.”
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