Monday 24 October 2016

Leo Varadkar not happy Lidl supermarket set to be built in his Castleknock neighbourhood

Ian Begley

Published 08/10/2016 | 11:12

Minister Leo Varadkar Picture: Tom Burke
Minister Leo Varadkar Picture: Tom Burke

Leo Varadkar is not happy that a Lidl supermarket has been granted planning permission in his constituency in Castleknock.

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Residents of the area are also vehemently opposed to this development, with traffic issues being cited as one of the key causes of concern.

The planning permission, which was granted on September 28, includes: a Lidl supermarket, medical centre and a number of other shops at the site adjacent to the flower shop in Castleknock Village – covering a total area of 4,896 sq.m.

Some 98 parking spaces are also proposed, which includes 59 parking spaces beneath the proposed supermarket.

Upon hearing the news, Dublin West TD and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said he is disappointed Fingal County Council made this decision, which is “strongly opposed” by many local residents.

"I'm disappointed by the council's decision to grant permission for this new supermarket in Castleknock Village. It's a pity that the council did not take into account the strong opposition among the local community to this development. 

"I will now consult with residents to get their views. If a decision is taken to appeal this to An Bord Pleanala then I will certainly support it,” he said. 

In 2014, Fingal refused permission for the same development as it considered it to be be inconsistent with the Castleknock Urban Centre Strategy.

Local Cllr Roderic O’Gorman (GP) said while he has always understood that this site needs to be developed, he believe that what is proposed here is “completely unsuitable”. 

“The opening hours facilitated under the planning permission granted are from 8:00am to 9:00pm on weekdays and Saturdays. This means the shop will be open during the morning rush hour. There are three primary schools in very close proximity to this site and a secondary school nearby. Further, deliveries will be allowed from 7:00am, adding further congestion in the village in the morning.

“I am also concerned that more clear conditions have not been inserted as regards screening for nearby estates, in particular Castleknock Park. Concerns about this have been raised throughout the long planning process and I do not feel they are adequately addressed,” said Cllr O’Gorman 

Those who oppose the proposed development can make an appeal to An Bord Pleanala within four weeks of Fingal’s decision.

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