Sunday 25 August 2019

Lidl hits back in battle to open new store in Naas after proposals rejected

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Gordon Deegan

German discounter Lidl has taken its planning battle to develop a new store in Naas to An Bord Pleanála.

This follows its appeal of a decision by Kildare County Council refusing planning permission for the mooted new outlet in the Kildare town.

RGDATA, the representative body for independent family-owned retailers, was one of the parties to object to the application.

RGDATA director general Tara Buckley said it is important for the sustainability of the existing shops in Naas, and the vitality and viability of the town centre, that no new large convenience store is permitted until after the development and regeneration of key sites in Naas is complete.

The plan was also opposed by a number of local residents.

The council refused planning permission for the development as it found that the development at a remote and peripheral location from the town centre of Naas would detract from the vitality and viability of Naas town centre

The council also refused planning permission after finding that the proposed development is premature pending the final route selection and completion of the statutory processes for the Naas Inner Relief road.

Now, in response, consultants for Lidl have stated in the appeal that a sound case has been made for the proposed development.

They say they can't understand how the development would detract from the vitality and viably of the town centre.

They say the proposed development is a modest, neighbourhood centre proposal that would not impact on plans for other regeneration sites or on the town centre comparison trade.

A planning report states that the area within 1,000m of the application is devoid of a walkable, small supermarket.

Irish Independent

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