Fears Aldi planned for Passage will be held up due to objection

Fears Aldi planned for Passage will be held up due to objection
The former Eurospar unit in Passage west is the subject of a planning application by Aldi.  Picture: Cillian Kelly

AN objection to a proposed Aldi store in Passage West has been described as “lacking in credibility” by councillors who fear the provision of jobs at the supermarket will be severely delayed.

Cork County Council granted permission last month for the store to open on the site of the former Eurospar, on the Rochestown Road. The latter closed in 2017 with the loss of 50 jobs. However, an appeal has now been lodged to An Bord Pleanála by planning and development consultants Brock McClure on behalf of an individual.

“The objection says the site is a gateway into the town and the proposed supermarket does not comply with Cork County Council’s objectives for town centre development as set out in the Ballincollig-Carrigaline Local Area Plan and County Development Plan. It adds that the town centre’s viability will be affected by the supermarket and says no appropriate assessment of the traffic impact of the proposal has been undertaken.

The objection states: “The proposed development causes justified concern in relation to the design of the proposal and the treatment of the site from the public road as one enters Passage West. This sets an undesirable precedent in relation to developments on the edge of towns and how they interact with public view.”

Local Councillor Marcia D’Alton (IND) described the objection document as a ‘rush job’ and said much of the information within it is ‘woefully inaccurate’. Seamus McGrath (FF) is now calling on locals making submissions to emphasise to An Bord Pleanála that they want a quick decision. 

“It’s critical that this is dealt with. In my view, the objection doesn’t stand up. It’s not a credible objection on the grounds that are raised and the planning authority should be able to deal with this swiftly,” he said. “It is a valid objection in the sense they did so to Council on time and with the appropriate fee and An Bord Pleanála has to regard it as such but that doesn’t mean that they will agree with the content or the content is accurate.”

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