By Eugene McGloin
THE FINAL go-ahead has been given for a new Lidl supermarket on the west side of Sligo.
The new supermarket in Finisklin will be ''mainly single storey'' and have over 2,300 square metres of floor space.
However, the actual sales area can be no more than 1,620 square metres, developers have been informed.
Tesco Ireland were among objectors named by the developer.
County Council stats showed the new store will be closer to the town
centre than stores such as the existing Lidl outlet, Aldi or even Dunnes Store.
Lidl publicly confirmed earlier this year it is behind the proposed development.
Its existing store, which is on the site of the old Sligo Spinning Factory, would be unaffected, it said.
the new Lidl store at Finisklin cannot open until it has first
renovated an old mill and built a new town square and public space
The mill, which will include a cafe and office, was not featured in the original planning proposal.
supermarket developers must now also agree plans with Sligo County
Council for the control of Japanese Knotweed, an invasive species, on
Neighbours were consulted, say the developers, and ''generally welcomed proposals to rejuvenate a derelict site.''
The developers told Pleanala: ''Managing the Knotweed infestation would be a significant benefit by itself.''
Sligo County Council approved the planned new supermarket earlier this year but attached 20 conditions.
The statutory appeals agency, Bord Pleanala, upheld that decision when it discussed the issue on September 13th last.
The details of Pleanala's decision were published online last night, Wednesday. See link below.
planning processes heard the new development would ''help
alleviate....the over concentration'' of convenience shops on the east
side of town.
The appeal to Pleanala had been taken by Cathal McGuinness.
Tesco Ireland was also named by the developer as an objector.
The Lidl site is bounded by Lyons Terrace, Finisklin Road and Union Place.
Developers have said 155 car parking spaces will be provided with the new freestanding store.
But this number of new spaces was queried in submissions to Sligo County Council and Pleanala.
Pleanala Inspector Stephen J O'Sullivan recommended permission, with conditions, after he visited the site during summer.
Objectors could still seek leave for judicial review in the High Court of the recent Pleanala decision.
The developers of the new Lidl supermarket are Church Road Development Limited, based in Tallaght, Co Dublin.