Aldi’s hopes of setting up in Ardee appear to have been dealt a fatal blow after An Bord Pleanála voted unanimously to uphold Louth County Council’s decision to refuse them planning permission for a new store on the outskirts of the town.
The German supermarket giant first proposed to set up a store at The Glebe on a 2.9 acre site beside the closed McCabe’s Toyota Garage back in March.
However, the application was rejected by local planners before Aldi lodged an appeal to the decision in June.
An Bord Pleanála have decided to quash the application on three counts. Firstly that its out-of-town location “would have an advertse effect on the viability and vitality of the town centre.”
They also ruled that the land in question was not zoned for retail and would therefore contravene with the Local Area Plan. They also had fears of the supermarket’s impact on the N33 national road, which links Derry and Letterkenny with the M1 motorway to Dublin.
The proposed land that the store would have been built on is bound by the N33 Ardee Link Road to the south and the R171 Tallanstown Road to the west. Access to the supermarket would have been from the R171 Tallanstown Road.
In May Louth County Council rejected the supermarket retailer’s plans for a new store in the Mid-Louth town on four counts – the three mentioned by An Bord Pleanála and the other relating to capacity constraints on the Ardee Waste Water Treatment System.
Aldi had been hoping to build a single storey discount foodstore and off licence at the site. It would have had a gross floor area of 1,551 square metres, with a retail area of 1,140 square metres.
The development would also have included the erection of two double pole, free standing, double sided internally illuminated signs with a double sided opening hours sign at lower level located adjacent to the proposed vehicular entrance to the site from the R171 and adjacent to the pedestrian entrance from the N33 Ardee Link Road.
There would also have been one single sided internally illuminated gable sign on the south west gable, one single sided internally illuminated entrance door sign and two single sided free standing internally illuminated poster display signs.
The proposed development would have been served by 90 car parking spaces and 10 bicycle spaces and included a request for permission for all landscaping, boundary treatment, engineering and site development works.
There is already a Lidl store on the opposite side of Ardee, as well as Lanney’s SuperValu in the town centre. Previous attempts by Tesco to set up a store in Ardee over the years were met with stiff resistance.
There had been six objections to the initial Aldi application from Escadia Limited, Vincent Matthews from Dromin, Padraig Malone of Malone Oil Products Ltd, Tara Buckley of RGDATA in Blackrock, Co Dublin, Tesco Ireland and Hughie O’Neill of O’Neill’s Menswear in Castle Street, Ardee.