The recent decision of Cashel Town Council to grant planning permission for a Discount Superstore (including off licence), has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
Cllr Tom Wood and 15 other parties have objected to the initial application. Some of the reasons for their objections are outlined below. “It is an intrusive alteration to the character and setting of indaville house and its curtilage. Cashel is already well served by large, independent and small retailers. This development, a discount foodstore, would have an adverse impact on existing retail outlets.”
On March 13th, Cashel Town Council wrote to Aldi Stores (Ireland) Ltd advising them to consider alternative sites for their development because the Planning authority considered the development excessive in respect of layout, scale and form for the site saying: “it will interfere with sensitive developments in surrounding sites such as the protected structures, national monuments, residential properties and hospital.
With that strong statement we thought our planners had seen sense but alas we were disappointed and now we appeal to An Bord in the hope that precedent is not set for similar developments within Cashels other period demesnes.
“Otherwise there will be long term future consequences for our already diminishing architectural heritage. In summary, we dont want this development because Indaville, and not simply Indaville House, is unique in Cashel and this bland development is unsuitable and would be aesthetically inappropriate. We fear a significant injury to the visual character of the area and to the setting of a National Monument and a protected structure. We contend that with the removal of the wall and other demesne features the curtilage of Indaville will be irrevocably ruined and the sites intrinsic heritage value will be destroyed.”