The future expansion of Kildare Village, which would see it almost double in size, is to be decided by this Thursday April 4. However this could be extended if An Bord Pleanala needs more time to consider the file.
Last November, Tesco, An Taisce and the Whitewater Shopping Centre, appealed Kildare County Council’s decision to give the expansion plans the green light.
Value Retail Ltd, the company behind Kildare Village, also lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala 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 caters 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.
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.
Meanwhile, An Taisce raised concerns about providing enhanced public transport, reducing the number of parking spaces and changes to the car park.
The adjacent site, which is the subject of a separate planning appeal by McDonalds for a drive-thru restaurant is still with An Bord Pleanala. The company had originally been refused permission by Kildare County Council. It had been indicated a decision might be forthcoming before Christmas but the file is still being examined.
- Niamh O’Donoghue