The decision by Kilkenny County Council to grant planning permission for an Aldi store in Callan has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
The permission concerns plans for a retail outlet 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.
Plans for an Aldi at a different location in Callan were deemed to be unsuitable by An Bord Pleanála because of the selected site, but the current site in question “has been identified as an opportunity site with potential for a range of general business uses, specifically retail,” the council planners noted in the planning file. “The mandatory objectives for the development of this area must include for improvements in the retail offer and increasingly sustainable shopping patterns.”