Lidl’s big plans for Ballymun
Ireland's housing crisis has been at the top of the news agenda in recent months. Now a new and most unexpected ally has emerged to help out in the shape of Lidl...
19 January 2017
Lidl has unveiled ambitious plans to build up to one hundred student accommodation units alongside its newest supermarket in Ballymun, Dublin, according to a report in the Dublin Gazette.
The news of the German company’s diversification plans emerged after a transfer of land from Dublin City Council to the retailer was voted in favour by local councillors. The final approval from DCC is expected on February 4th, after which the project will move on from its current position, described by a Lidl spokesperson as “at the conceptual stage.
“If final council approval is forthcoming,” the spokesperson said, “the intent is to construct a mixed-use retail/student residential scheme on the site [at Balcurris Road], along with a standalone new concept Lidl store with ancillary parking.”
While the accommodation will be available to students only, the spokesperson revealed that no agreement is in place with any particular Dublin college. However, the close proximity of Dublin City University less than 2km makes it a prime location for students there.
Cllr Noeleen Reilly of Sinn Féin welcomed the news, suggesting that an increase in student acommodation in the area would help alleviate the pressure on exiting housing, freeing it up for families seeking accommodation.
“It is next to impossible to find somewhere to rent in Ballymun, Santry, Whitehall or Glasnevin,” Reilly said. “The provision of student accomodation can only be a positive thing for renting families.”