The developer of the M8 service station at Moorepark in Fermoy has appealed to An Bord Pleanála a recent decision by Cork County Council to refuse planning permission for an on-site drive-thru facility.

Construction work at the service station site, located at Junction 14 of the M8, began in August, shortly after planning permission for a drive-thru facility was refused on the grounds that it would impact on the vitality and viability of Fermoy and Kilworth and other nearby settlements.

In their appeal to An Bord Pleanála in recent days, JR Oronco said it ‘fundamentally disagrees’ with the Council’s decision to refuse permission for the drive-thru facility on its site, which it described as ‘extremely modest and could not be considered, or be capable of becoming, a destination in its own right’.

JR Oronco said the purpose of the motorway service station is to serve the users of the adjoining M8 and ‘not to attract or divert business from nearby towns or villages’.

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