Supermarket chain Aldi have lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala after their application for planning permission in Ardee was refused by Louth County Council.
The German company, which owns over 90 stores throughout Ireland, first applied for planning permission at the end of March this year.
But at the end of May, Louth County Council rejected the supermarket chains plans for a new store at The Glebe, Ardee on four counts. Reasons for the refusal included that the development would be situated out of the town centre and that the land proposed for the development was zoned for mixed commercial/business use and not retail.
The proposed store was to be located at The Glebe on a 2.9 acre site beside the Ardee Link Road and Tallanstown road.
The development was to consist of the construction of a single storey discount foodstore including an off licence with a car park providing 90 car spaces and ten bicycle spaces.
The application also sought the erection of two double pole, free standing, double sided internally illuminated signs with a double sided opening hours sign at lower levellocated adjacent to the propsed vehicular entrance to the site from the R171 and adjacent to the pedestrian entrance from the N33 Ardee Link Road.
A total of six objections to the propsed development were made from Hughie O’Neill of O’Neill’s Menswear in Castle Street, Ardee, Vincent Matthews from Dromin, Tara Buckley of RGDATA in Blackrock, Co Dublin, Escadia Limited, Padraig Malone of Malone Oil Products Ltd and Tesco Ireland.
The proposed location of the supermarket, away from the town’s centre, was cited as one of the reason for the objections.
It was also pointed out that the general principle for assessing new retail development is through the sequential approach where the town centre is the preferred location.
It was also stated that because the development was not located in the core retail area it would go against the Louth Retail Strategy and the Louth County Development Plan and thus be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.
In its appeal Aldi state that the proposed development would have no impact “on the vitality and viability of Ardee town centre” and that the company saw a “demonstrable need for additional convenience provision in the town.”
The supermarket chain insist that the new development would attract “significant additional retail trade” to Ardee and would be beneficial to the town centre as a whole.
The planning appeal was lodged with An Bord Pleanala on June 6.
The case is due to be decided on October 9.