Council blocks Keadeen development

PLANNING permission was refused last week by Kildare County Council for discount food retailer Aldi at Ballymany in Newbridge.

PLANNING permission was refused last week by Kildare County Council for discount food retailer Aldi at Ballymany in Newbridge.

The Hotel Keadeen applied for planning permission to Kildare County Council to build a store in the overflow car park of the Hotel in Newbridge last September.

This is the second attempt to get planning permission for the discount chain at this location, both of which were refused by Kildare County Council.

Aldi applied in December 2010 but the application was refused namely on the grounds that the development would create a traffic hazard in the area, depreciate the value of houses in the vicinity and seriously injure amenities through noise, traffic generation and visual obtrusiveness. The development, if granted, would have meant that the hotel on the Curragh Road would have to create a whole new entrance area and avenue to the hotel. An objection to the development was lodged by the residents of Ballymany Park.

A number of reasons were lodged, the first being that the increased volume of traffic on the Ballymany Road since “the development of Whitewater Shopping Centre”. It also raised concerns for pedestrians.

The Mayor of Kildare, Michael ‘Spike’ Nolan who lives at nearby Ballymany Manor said he was sorry that the development did not get the go-ahead but was relieved for the residents.

“My main concern would have to be the traffic,” he said. “At any time of the day the traffic going into Newbridge is always chock-a-block. To add a discount food store into the mix would have just added to the problem. At the end of the day you have to think of the residents who are already finding the area very conjested.”

Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd was refused planning permission for a similar type of store in the town at Langton Road and Moorefield Road in April 2004.