An Bord Pleanála has given the green light to German retail giant Aldi to develop a foodstore on the Gantly road, despite concerns about its potential impact on small and independent stores in the heart of the town.
Tesco Ireland Ltd, Roscrea Chamber of Commerce, Bernie’s Supervalu, Development Applications Unit, Fáilte Ireland, The Heritage Council, An Taisce and An Chomhairle Ealaíon, all lodged objections to the plans for the demolition of existing buildings and construction of a single- storey food store of about 1,565 sqm with off-licence, 79 car parking space and vehicular access, at the site.
Tesco’s grounds for appeal included the claim that the “opportunity to create a multifunctional mixed use focal building with a continuous streetscape is not being achieved.” Also, “the proposal involves a relatively standard design which does not realise the development objectives of the Gantly Road Masterplan.” Tesco further argued that the standard design is compounded by “poorly sited parking”, which would be a prominent feature of the proposal. Other concerns related to: lack of capacity to accommodate the proposed developmen: that it would contrary to the Roscrea Local Area Plan; Contrary to the North Tipperary County Retail Strategy; Contrary to the National Retail Planning Guidelines; Design and Layout; Lack of a greater mix of uses; and that layout would create a traffic hazard.
On July 21, the board ruled in favour of Aldi, though adding 19 conditions. Some of these include that he proposed unit shall not be open to the public outside the hours 9am to 10pm Monday to Saturday inclusive, nor outside the hours 10am to 7pm on Sundays or public holidays. Deliveries shall not take place before the hour of 6.30am, Monday to Saturday inclusive, nor before the hour of 8am on Sundays and public holidays, nor after 10pmon any day. The developer must also pay J55,000 to the Local Authority by way of a Development Contribution.