A controversial plan to build an Aldi foodstore in the heart of Cashel’s old quarter, was given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála this week.
The German discount giant previously had plans to build a store in Wallor’s Lot, but these plans were shot down on grounds of increased traffic.
Last year, the company sought and received planning permission for a store in Boherclough, beside two protected structures, Indaville House, and Cashel’s Town Walls. The application attracted considerable local opposition, with 29 people lodging objections/submissions. The decision to grant conditional planning permission on Sept. 25th, was appealed to the Board by Cllr Tom Wood, and Ray Morrissey of Supervalu. The proposal provides for the retention of the entrance gates and piers and the removal of the remainder of the boundary wall along Boherclogh Street and the provision of a new boundary wall with railings and a pedestrian footpath.
The plans also provide for alterations to the immediate setting of Indaville House, including the provision of an entrance, wall and railings to the south of the proposed access road and west of the house. The summerhouse/shed on the northern boundary is to be demolished, along with the shed on the western boundary. The Gate Lodge on the north western part of the site will be retained and upgrade works to this structure are proposed. An Bord Pleanála ruled in favour of Aldi, adding 15 conditions. One of these stipulates that if significant additional archaeological features are discovered during the course of archaeological excavation, work on site “shall stop pending further advice from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The developer shall note that this may result in redesign to allow for preservation in situ and/or additional excavation.” Other conditions include that details with regard to the proposed conservation of the upstanding sections of the town wall shall be submitted to the planning authority, and a “suitably qualified” archaeologist, specialising in recording medieval buildings, shall be employed. All deliveries to the discount foodstore shall only occur during day-time hours from 8am to 8pm. Operation of diesel-run refrigeration vehicles shall be prohibited during night-time hours (8pm to 8am).