AN appeal has been made to An Bord Pleanala against Dundalk Town Council's decision to grant Wanze Properties (Dundalk) Limited conditional planning permission for a new Tesco Extra superstore at the site of the existing Dundalk Shopping Centre.
Last month Wanze were granted 10 year planning permission by the council for phased (four phases) development at a site of 3.98 hectares at Dundalk Shopping Centre, Dublin Road, Hill Street, Stapleton Drive and the Long Avenue.
The permission, which came with 93 conditions, allowed Wanze – with an address at Gresham House, Marine Road, Dun Laoighaire, Dublin, permission to proceed with the development which consists of the demolition of all structures on site and the construction of a mixed use, leisure, retail and residential development of 23,563 square metres gross.
However, three third party appeals against the council's decision were made between November 30 and December 1 and the matter will now go forward to An Bord Pleanala with a submission due early in the New Year on January 8.
Should An Bord Pleanala grant Wanze permission to proceed with the development then it will see the construction of a new 10,136sqm two storey building at the site once the present structure is demolished.
Under Dundalk Town Council's Urban Design Framework Plan, it will help turn the Ramparts Road into an urban boulevard and will create hundreds of jobs within the area, firstly through construction and then through full and part-time positions when the store opens.
The ground floor will consist of three retail units and a surface level car park for 524 cars. The Tesco Superstore will occupy the first floor, incorporating a restaurant/cafe, an off-licence, internet cafe and more.
Last month Wanze were also granted planning permission to remove the former Emo Filling Station on the site.