Newbridge Courtyard Shopping Centre expansion plans appealed

Developer questions three planning conditions

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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Newbridge Courtyard Shopping Centre expansion plans appealed

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Plans to expand the Courtyard Shopping Centre in Newbridge have been put on hold as the developer awaits a decision on an appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

Last month, Treacy Courtyard Developments Limited was given the go ahead to knock down part of the development to make way for more retail units, car parking and apartments in the centre of Newbridge.

The shopping centre already includes Dealz, Benetton, TKMaxx, Eddie Rockets, O’Brien’s off licence and Vanity Fair along with many other stores.

The developer wants to demolish Unit 1 of Block D, which is part of the block of units between Eddie Rockets and TK Maxx, to facilitate access to the courtyard so it can expand the development.

In January the council gave the go ahead, however the applicant has appealed three of the planning conditions. The company said it has no problem constructing the link road from the Athgarvan Road to Edward Street, but it does not own all the adjoining land and can only develop the land it owns. It also said it does not have the skills to reevaluate the Scoot traffic system and that should be done by the council. It also believes that the upgrade of the CCTVis not a necessity of the proposal.