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Kildare Lidl plans lodged again

Lidl has applied again.

Lidl has applied again.

Lidl has lodged plans to build a new store at the former Presentation Secondary School in Kildare town for the second time.

Last May, An Bord Pleanala turned down the company’s appeal to demolish an extension and prefab buildings to make way for a new store.

Kildare County Council had previously refused the application in December 2012 and Lidl appealed that decision.

The Bord made the decision noting that the position of the site was located in the historic core of the town.

Following Lidl’s application in October 2012, the council decided the new store would not “exhibit a high quality of architectural design and finish”, and would result in a dominating appearance impacting on the historic core of Kildare town.

The planners also found that its design, height, visual obtrusiveness and proximity to existing dwellings would seriously injure the amenities of the properties and result in their loss in value.

Local resident, Ciaran Price had also raised his concerns in a submission on the file.

He deemed the 1,860 s.qm size was excessively large for a discount store.

He also criticised its appearance and the provision for car parking.

The secondary school site is located just a short distance from the current store.

The new application is for a 1,920sqm building including an off licence and 87 car parking spaces.

The company also hope to upgrade the side entrance on to Dublin Street and pedestrian access to the original school building at the rear of the site.

Submissions can be lodged with Kildare County Council by January 4 and a decision is due by January 25.

 

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