Retail Development – Barrack Street, Carlow

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McCutcheon Halley successfully secured planning permission for the demolition of an existing retail unit / commercial building and the construction of 1 no. two-storey retail unit with ancillary office and staff facilities and all associated ancillary development works including parking, access roads, footpaths, drainage and landscaping at Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Barrack Street, Carlow.

The subject site is located within the existing Fairgreen Shopping Centre in the centre of Carlow town. The area surrounding the site is characterised by a mix of uses including some residential but mainly commercial and retail. Carlow Institute of Technology is located to the northwest of the site, less than 8-minutes by foot.

Acting as planning consultant and project lead, McCutcheon Halley was responsible for all planning related matters from inception through to decision and prepared all planning application documentation including a Retail Impact Assessment.

Key issues dealt with by McCutcheon Halley on behalf of the client included Advising on the layout and design.

MHP led design team meetings with the Planning Authority to ensure that the retail unit was designed to assimilate in the surrounding area and prevent any negative or other impact on adjoining properties.


The application was granted by An Bord Pleanala in May 2020 who noted that the “development would constitute an appropriate form of development at this location” and is “in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”.

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