Wednesday 14 November 2018

Tesco fails to halt Lidl expansion

Tesco objected to Dublin store. Photo: PA
Tesco objected to Dublin store. Photo: PA

Gordon Deegan

TESCO Ireland has failed in its bid to halt German discount retailer Lidl's further expansion here.

An Bord Pleanála dismissed an appeal by Tesco Ireland and local residents against a decision by Dublin City Council to give Lidl the go-ahead for a new store on the Old Cabra Rd and Annamoe Rd in Dublin 7.

The appeals board has given Lidl the green light in spite of its own planning inspector recommending refusal.

The inspector felt that the plan would detract from the character of Annamoe Rd and impact on the amenities and tend to depreciate the value of property in the vicinity of the site.

The inspector raised his concerns due to the noise and disturbance that would be created by a delivery area for the store.

However, the board reviewed the inspector's report and concluded that the reasons for refusal were not so serious as to merit a refusal of permission and could be adequately addressed by planning conditions.

The most recent Kantar Worldpanel recorded that Lidl enjoyed double-digit growth and currently has market share of 8.1pc - Tesco has the second largest market share of 24.2pc.

In its appeal, Tesco Ireland claimed that the proposed contravened the Retail Planning Guidelines and expressed concerns that the plan could have a detrimental impact on the viability and viability of the adjacent designated district and neighbourhood centres.

However, the board has stated that the proposal would comprise an attractive mixed use development which would enhance the area, would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of properties in the vicinity.

Irish Independent

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