The road at Great Connell which leads to the current Lidl warehouse
The green light has been give for a major new Lidl warehouse and link road at Great Connell, Old Connell and Little Connell in Newbridge.
Lidl Ireland GmbH wants to develop land near the Pfizer complex and the existing Lidl Distribution Centre.
It plans to build a new regional distribution centre warehouse, and a road linking the R445 regional road with Great Connell, with an entrance to the proposed centre on the link road.
The project includes the demolition of two former residential properties and out buildings.
The centre, if granted, will have a gross floor area of 57,611sqm with the warehouse comprising 55,926sqm and a two-storey office wing covering 1,685sqm.
A total of 352 car parking spaces, including 18 disabled bays and 32 cycle parking spaces are provided for, as well as a security cabin, pump house, two sprinkler tanks and an electricity substation.
The new road, which comprises alterations to the previously permitted Newbridge South Orbital Relief Road route incorporating 1.5km carriageway leading from Greatconnell (Connell Drive) to a new roundabout junction with the R445 regional road at Oldconnell.
A 400m stretch of the R445 regional road will be upgraded including junction upgrades and partial realignment.
Concerns had been raised by local residents about speeding and safety on the road to the distribution centre. They had sought traffic calming measures to be put in place.