Kildare Village expansion under threat

THE expansion of Kildare Village, 350 new permanent jobs and 100 construction posts, are under threat after the company pointed out it may not go ahead if one of the planning conditions is not resolved.

THE expansion of Kildare Village, 350 new permanent jobs and 100 construction posts, are under threat after the company pointed out it may not go ahead if one of the planning conditions is not resolved.

Value Retail Ltd. said last Friday; “We are very pleased with the announcement of the decision by Kildare County Council to grant planning permission for the extension of Kildare Village comprising of an additional 32 retail units. This is great news for the Kildare region and for the Irish retail sector as it creates 350 new permanent jobs in addition to the existing 550 jobs at Kildare Village. It will also provide over 100 construction jobs during the development period.

“However the decision contains a design condition which affects the viability of the scheme which unless resolved may mean that the scheme does not proceed.”

The company declined to comment as to what design condition it was referring to, or whether it would be lodging an appeal with An Bord Pleanala.

Kildare County Council granted permission for the expansion on October 26 and if Value Retail Ltd. are to lodge an appeal, it would have to be submitted by November 23.

There are 56 conditions set out by the council. Most relate to technical details involving drainage, landscaping, traffic management, retail issues, signage, archaeological assessment, and the sewage system.

However, one condition stipulates that units 63 to 69b and a toilet block be omitted from the development and that a separate planning application should be lodged with revised plans for these units. It wants that area to be landscaped or fenced off pending permission for that particular section. The council says the reason for this is to ensure the development complies with the draft Kildare Town Local Area Plan 2012 to 2018 and to “ensure connectivity into the adjoining lands to the east and north of the site.” However, its assumed the company would prefer to build the entire project at once and not have to build the extension to the Village and omit a block of units, which they would have to add in later.

The expansion plans cater for 34 new units, two restaurants, a new information centre and an extra 409 car parking spaces.

The development would net the county council E448,920 in development levies.

- Niamh O’Donoghue