Ambitious plans for iconic Wicklow pub knocked back over uncertainty of M11 route
Plans to build a restaurant, office, retail, and apartment development onto a landmark county Wicklow pub have been refused as planners are not sure where a key motorway improvement scheme is going to be built.
Clearwater Properties Ltd submitted plans to Wicklow County Council to build the mixed-use development, which would involve the demolition of an existing outbuilding on the site of Pluck’s bar and restaurant in Kilmacanogue.
The proposed development was refused by planners, who said: “The site of the proposed development is located within an area considered for a future national road scheme.”
Clearwater had hoped to build a three- storey detached building to the side of Plucks with four ground-level retail/restaurant units, two office suites on the first floor and four apartments across the first and second floors.
A separate two-storey restaurant building and the reconfiguration of the existing carpark was also put forward as part of the plans.
The development is in an area under consideration for a proposed improvement scheme for the N11/M11 Motorway at Junction 8, the Kilmacanogue/Roundwood exit. Transport Infrastructure Ireland are looking to upgrade the N11/M11 between junctions 4 and 14.
The Wicklow council planners said: “The proposed development could prejudice plans for the design of this scheme and hence the application is premature pending the determination of this route.
“The proposed development would therefore be contrary to proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”