An Bord Pleanála upholds RGDATA objection to new Lidl in Enniscorthy

RGDATA director general Tara Buckley
RGDATA director general Tara Buckley

Planning permission for larger 'new concept' Lidl store to replace existing Enniscorthy outlet refused by An Bord Pleanála

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An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for Lidl Ireland to demolish an existing store in Enniscorthy and replace it with a larger ‘new concept’ store, RGDATA reports.

The retailers’ association has welcomed the move, with director general Tara Buckley noting: “The board has upheld the argument RGDATA made that the proposed development would constitute a significant intensification of retail provision in the area to a degree that would be contrary to the neighbourhood centre zoning objective of the area. Neighbourhood centres are supposed to serve the local community and should not be overdeveloped as this will impact on the vitality and viability of the local town centre.”

Explaining its decision, An Bord Pleanála stated in a report: “It is considered that the proposed development would fail to provide an active, well-designed frontage to the street at this location [and] would not satisfactorily integrate into the streetscape or surroundings.”

The board added that the proposed development “would fail to uphold design principles set out in the ‘Retail Design Manual’ issued by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (2010) and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.” The board considered that the outlet’s street frontage “would be over-dominated by car parking and hard surfaces unrelieved by the poor level of landscaping proposed”.

An Bord Pleanála’s decision can be viewed here.

 

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