Supermarket giant Aldi has been given another five years to build a major extension to the company’s regional offices, just outside Naas.
The company, which has two retail outlets in the town, has been granted permission for a major extension to the existing two storey regional office and distribution centre.
Permission for the 186,000 square feet extension was given some years ago and is due to expire in mid-September.
It will increase the size of the existing Jigginstown, Newbridge Road centre by less than half and it comes despite criticisms from some councillors about risks posed by articulated lorries emerging from the depot.
Naas Town Council has agreed to extend the permission for five years, until September 2019. According to planning documents Aldi did not avail of the existing permission and won’t by September “due to economic circumstances” but it remains fully committed to implementing the permission.
Another factor in favour of acceding to the extension of duration application is that the land remains zoned for industrial or warehousing purposes in the Naas Town Development Plan, which will not come up for renewal again until 2017.
The company has also argued that the extension of duration will allow an appropriate period of time for economic growth to return to the country and for the property market to improve. The decision could lead to renewed pressure from politicians for the opening of a road linking the ring road around Naas with the Newbridge Road, via the Southern Link Business Park. Cllr. Seamie Moore has said that 40 foot long lorries coming from Aldi could use the new road. Otherwise, he said, there is a huge danger of an accident at the Newbridge Road. Kildare County Council has said it does not have the resources to build the road.