Lidl's Newbridge plans held up by ancient crop circle

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Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

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Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

Lidl's Newbridge plans held up by crop circle

Lidl want to build a new regional distribution centre at Little Connell, Newbridge

Lidl’s Newbridge plans have been dealt a blow with the Department of Arts calling for the development to be refused, given its possible interference with an ancient crop circle site.

Kildare County Council have asked for further information on the plans given the Department’s fears over its impact on the archaeological site. Residents of Old Abbey Manor also objected on the grounds of road safety, while a nearby landowner also complained over lack of consultation on the boundary works.

Lidl wants to build a new regional distribution centre at Little Connell, Newbridge including a new distributor road linking the R445 and Great Connell.

The proposed warehouse is 57,608sqm in size with a two-storey administrative office wing.

A total of 258 car parking spaces are provided for, with space for trucks to circulate to access dock levellers on the north-western and south-eastern sides.

The plans also provide for a security cabin, pump house, two sprinkler tanks and an internal road link to the existing Lidl warehouse site to the west.

If approved, there will be alterations to the approved Newbridge South Orbital Relief Road route of approximately 1.48km carriageway from Great Connell (Connell Drive) to a new roundabout junction with the R445.

A 1.1km long biodiversity corridor is proposed to provide a stream diversion channel for the Pinkeen stream along the southern boundary of zoned land bank at Littleconnell.

Kildare County Council has strongly advised the applicants to liaise with the Department of Arts in relation to the protection of the monument. It has also sought details on tree planting, landscaping and boundary treatments. It has also given the company the opportunity to respond to the concerns of local residents and the nearby landowner. Lidl has six months to respond.