Council approves Aldi plans for Callan

Retailer Aldi has been granted planning permission for a store in Callan.

Retailer Aldi has been granted planning permission for a store in Callan.

Kilkenny County Council has given its approval for plans to construct a store on a site at West Street/ Chapel Lane in the town.

The plans include a single-storey discount foodstore with off-licence, with a gross floor area of 1,453 sq.m, plus signage, an electricity substation, landscaping, and 90 surface car parking spaces with an in-only vehicular access from West Street and an in-out vehicular access form Chapel Lane.

The news was welcomed by Cllr Matt Doran (FF). Although he expects that the decision will go to An Bord Pleanála, he said he was confident that “all is correct in terms of what they were asking for”.

A previous planning application submitted by Aldi for Callan was approved by the council but was then refused by An Bord Pleanála, which considered that selected site unsuitable.

The current site “is one of the eight designated retail opportunity sites” in the town, according to the planning file, which also notes that “Callan Town is the focus for all major new retail development in order to support its role as a District Town. The Policy supports the development of a number of retail opportunity sites in the town which are identified in the LAP (local area plan).”

Cllr Doran also said the jobs that would result from the construction of the store would be a boost to the town and the surrounding parishes.

Included in the 21 conditions on the planning permission is a development levy of €70,380 to be paid upon commencement of development, and there is also a condition that “truck deliveries during the operational phase shall only occur during day-time hours (8am to 10pm)” and that “operation of diesel run refrigeration trucks during the operational phase is prohibited during the night-time hours (10pm to 8am)”.

The developer must also provide sufficient space for public recycling facilities of at least six units. The permission does not include flood lighting for the premises.