Portlaoise will have a new filling station as An Bord Pleanala have rejected an appeal lodged against it.
The new petrol station is to be built in the Midway and is to be attached to the existing food court.
The council gave the go-ahead to the development at the end of January which includes a forecourt as well a four fuel pumps and canopy.
Petrogas Group Ltd, who own Applegreen, have many other similar complexes around the country including Birdhill and another one situated on the M1 between Swords and Drogheda.
However, Paul Dunne, of Dunnes Services Station, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, lodged an appeal on the grounds that he has ‘major validity concerns about his business considering the town is already oversupplied with filling stations’.
He cited the local area plan, which states that ‘an undue concentration of filling stations shall not be permitted, as in the past over-supply has led to closures’.
This was rejected by Laois County Council so Dunne and Supermac’s supremo Pat McDonagh appealed to An Bord Pleanala.
They considered their case but have ruled in favour of Petrogas.