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New cinema plan for Donegal town

The application follows last year's refusal for a cinema

Declan Magee

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Declan Magee

A new application is being submitted for a cinema in Donegal town.
WJ Dolan Construction (Ireland) Limited is lodging a planning application for the cinema complex at Drumlonagher on the outskirts of the town.
The proposed cinema is located to the rear of the Lidl store on Ballybofey Road, near the junction of the N16 and N56.
There was uproar last November when an application for a cinema from the same developer at the same site was turned down.
With the closest cinemas to Donegal town and south-west Donegal located in Bundoran and Letterkenny, a cinema is seen as a much-needed amenity.
The anger at the refusal led to an online campaign and a public meeting calling for a cinema for the town.
Planners refused planning permission citing concerns about the impact the development could have on the local road network and said the project would impact on the “vitality and health” of the existing town centre.
The application is for a two-storey, five-screen, 714-seat cinema, which would also include a shop and a restaurant.
The new application has been made following the rezoning of the site in the local area plan.
Willie John Dolan, of WJD Construction (Ireland) Limited, said: “Donegal is one of the few major centres in Ireland without a cinema. The last cinema in town closed more than 20 years ago, and was never replaced with a modern cinema complex.
“It represents a missed opportunity for the local economy, and because if people can’t go to the cinema here they will go elsewhere."

See Thursday's Donegal Democrat for full story.