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Dunnes Stores launches challenge over planning permission for proposed extension to 'The Square' in Tallaght

DUNNES Stores have launched a legal challenge to planning permission for a €40m extension of the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght, Dublin.

Yesterday at the High Court, Mr Justice Seamus Noonan granted Dunnes leave to bring an action against An Bord Pleanala aimed at quashing its September 23 last decision to grant permission for the extension.

The application was granted on an ex-parte basis (one side only represented) and made returnable to date in January 2015.  The shopping centre's main owners, Indego and South Dublin County Council, are notice parties.

Eamon Galligan  SC, for Dunnes, said his client wants to challenge a number of conditions of the permission as it has concerns relating to the impact the extension will have on its retail business at the shopping centre.

South Dublin Council had previously granted permission for the project, which was expected to create several hundred jobs. However that decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

When completed, the project will add about 200,000sq ft of retail space to the shopping centre.  A multi-storey car park over six levels with 832 spaces is also planned.

The development will involve an extension of the centre on its northern side, as well as extension of the centre’s third floor above an existing car park.

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