(since the post was written, Lidl has been refused planning permission and has appealed that decision. The appeal is due to be decided by September)
An Bórd Pleanála has today approved ALDI’s plan to convert the White and Delahunty Motors on Pearse Street to a discount supermarket with car park. This makes it unlikely that the Lidl planned for the former Deer Hunter site at the Sallynoggin roundabout will be approved.
ALDI had gained approval for their new supermarket from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council. However, a group of their competitors including Tesco and Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre had challenged the decision by appealing to An Bórd Pleanála.
The planning inspector’s report describes why he believes that the supermarket should be approved. Here is a summary of his reasons:
- There is no supermarket in close walking distance.
- Sallynoggin is designated as a neighbourhood centre.
- The 2012 Retail Planning Guidelines do not provide for discount supermarkets – only for small supermarkets in Neighbourhood Centres but the 2010 Dun Laoghaire County Development Plan does permit discount supermarkets for Neighbourhood Centres.
- The supermarket is “relatively modest” and will not materially impact on the major town centre of Dun Laoghaire.
- The discount supermarket will offer a different range of goods compared to the existing shops at Church Place, Sallynoggin Road and the Centra on the roundabout.
- At present people in the Sallynoggin area must travel outside the area to do a weekly shop.
- Although the Local Area Plan for Sallynoggin is not complete, it will not change the zoning objective for the site.
- The box-building style fits in with its neighbours.
The full inspector’s report is here: ALDI Inspector’s report
The planning board decided to grant permission with very few conditions. ALDI will have to provide charging spaces for electric vehicles and make shortcuts so that it is easier for pedestrians to move between neighbouring shops.
The full list of conditions is here: Sallynoggin ALDI planning conditions
What now for Lidl at the roundabout?
Before this decision to approve ALDI was made, the council had been deciding on whether to approve a Lidl supermarket for the former Deer Hunter site at the roundabout. This was to be part of a development with a Nursing Home and a clinic. I wrote about this previously.
I believe that it is now unlikely that the Lidl will be approved as the ALDI will be seen as providing a sufficient supermarket in short walking distance of many houses in Sallynoggin and Glenageary.
The developer of the Deer Hunter site may now wish to redesign the plans to offer housing or office space. There have been four plans for this site already and it is about time that it was developed in some way.
Many people I spoke to in Sallynoggin were positive about having a new ALDI in their area.