PLANNING permission has been granted for a new Lidl supermarket in the heart of Douglas village.
Planners in County Hall have given the go ahead for the development which will be located in an area called Barry’s Field off the Carrigaline Road to the rear of the car park for Barry’s Bar and Restaurant and bordered by the cemeteries of St Lukes and St Columba’s churches.
Lidl plans to build a 2,871 square metre supermarket made up of a retail sales area, off-licence and bakery along with signage, trolley bays and a 110-space car park.
The main vehicle and pedestrian entrance to the proposed supermarket will be via a new entrance on the Carrigaline Road, with a new pedestrian entrance from Churchyard Lane.
A number of objections and observations had been lodged against the planning application from both companies and individuals.
Tesco, which operates a supermarket in the nearby Douglas Shopping Centre said the development would be an “underutilisation” of prime development lands. They also said the development would have very little integration with Carrigaline Road.
Douglas Tidy Towns committee said the application appeared to conflict with the plan to reduce traffic flow through the village and making it more pedestrian friendly. They also point out that Douglas already has an excellent supply of supermarkets with Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Dunnes all within walking distance.
Planners in County Hall asked Lidl to provide more information on the plans including photomontages of how the supermarket will look when viewed from Churchyard Lanes and both graveyards which the company complied with.
Earlier this month the Council granted permission for the supermarket imposing 37 conditions. They included development contributions of more than €300,000 to cover traffic measurements in the area including an upgrade to the Fingerpost roundabout and the traffic island junction at Douglas East.
Those who had objected to the development have the option of appealing the Council's decision to an Bord Pleanála.