Big plans for Kilcock’s main square

The former Scoil Ui Riada site at the Square, Kilcock, which is the subject of a supermarket planning application.
PLANNING permission is being sought for a new supermarket and other building at the Square in Kilcock.

PLANNING permission is being sought for a new supermarket and other building at the Square in Kilcock.

The plan includes 123 car parking spaces and a Supervalue supermarket on land previously occupied by Scoil Ui Riada.

The school used the site from 1997 to 2007 but has moved out of the town centre.

The proposal is for a 1996 sqm supermarket as well as a retail unit and cafe/restaurant facing onto the Square.

An Taisce was asked to comment and said while one building was included in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, its loss would be outweighed by the revitalisation of the overall area.

The file application by Cork based Cherryglade Ltd, included letters from Kildare County Council, property owners, George and Bridie Murphy and Brian and Caroline Walsh, giving the company purchase options.

The 0.8871 ha site could accommodate up to 169 car park spaces but the application, which was made following consultation by Kildare County Council planners, proposes 123 spaces.

The net retail area of the supermarket would be 1051 sqm and the front retail/cafe/restaurant area, 287 sqm.

The file noted that a 2007 permission for a mixed used development at New Road will run out by the end of this year.

The site is beside the Rye river and flood alleviation measures are proposed.