Appeals lodged against
Kildare Village expansion

Kildare Village’s future expansion has stalled after Tesco, An Taisce and the Whitewater Shopping Centre appealed Kildare County Council’s decision to give it the green light.

Kildare Village’s future expansion has stalled after Tesco, An Taisce and the Whitewater Shopping Centre appealed Kildare County Council’s decision to give it the green light.

The appeals were lodged with An Bord Pleanala before the closing date last Friday, November 23. Value Retail Ltd, the company behind Kildare Village, also lodged an appeal against the conditions applied by the council.

The expansion, if allowed to go ahead, is expected to yield 350 new permanent jobs and 100 construction posts. The plans cater for 34 new units, two restaurants, a new information centre and an extra 409 car parking spaces at the site off the N7 motorway exit near Kildare town.

Whitewater Shopping Centre previously objected because of the “detrimental impact” the extension would have on the vitality and viability of Naas and Newbridge, including the Whitewater Shopping Centre.

The submission estimates the impact of the expansion will lead a traffic diversion of 23.6% from Newbridge. It also questioned the zoning objectives, traffic predictions and the application of the retail guidelines.

Tesco Ireland said it had no objection to the expansion but wanted a through road from the Monasterevin Road via its premises to the Village included. It believes Kildare Village has “turned its back” on allowing Tesco to be more integrated into its plans which would see a strong link built with the centre of Kildare town.

Meanwhile, An Taisce raised concerns about providing enhanced provision of public transport, reducing the number of parking spaces and changes to the car park.

A statement issued by Value Retail Ltd after the go ahead was given stated: “.... the decision contains a design condition which affects the viability of the scheme which unless resolved may mean that the scheme does not proceed.”

At the time, the company declined to comment as to what design condition it was referring to, but it is understood it has now lodged an appeal with the bord.

An Bord Pleanala now has 18 weeks to study the objections and if it needs more time to decide, it can extend that period.