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Planning application submitted for new Mell Driving Test Centre

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A learner driver poses with her car. Photo Credit: DVSA Crown/Flickr Creative Commons License.

The planning application for the long awaited new RSA Driver Test Centre has been lodged with Louth County Council, according to Fine Gael TD for Louth Fergus O’Dowd.

The Deputy says he has received confirmation from the RSA’s Director of Finance and Commercial Services that the application for the new centre location at Mell in Drogheda has been submitted. He also says that the RSA have received feedback from the local authority in relation to the application and are working on making any necessary refinements to ensure it is granted as speedily as possible.


Work such as confirming routes for tests and traffic and transport assessments, as well as a road safety audit is continuing ahead of the expected granting of planning permission.

“This is a positive update and hopefully the feedback from Louth County Council will be addressed by the RSA as quickly as possible,” Deputy O’Dowd said. “I will continue to press all the relevant stakeholders for progress to be made on this vital project.”

The RSA met with Louth County Council earlier this year having identified the site – adjacent to the V&W Recycling Centre – as the preferred location.

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Late last year, an application for such a facility to be operated out of the grounds of the O’Raghallaighs’s GAA grounds on the North Road were withdrawn due to planning issues. It had been hoped to include a modular building that would hold a waiting area, interview room and welfare facilities as well as parking for 12 driving test applicants.

The application was withdrawn after advice was received that the local authority would reject it under Material Contravention rules. The new site is council owned.

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