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Lidl plan for housing

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 5:13pm

A supermarket chain could be set to change the skyline in Douglas as it plans to build apartments.

A proposed new Lidl in Douglas is to include residential housing, a first for the company in Cork, the Cork Independent has learned.

It has submitted an application for a mixed use development at Barry’s Field in Douglas including a discount store, offices, café/restaurant space and five apartments.

The proposal, if granted, would be the first time a residential element has formed part of a Lidl planning application in Cork.

A statement from Lidl Ireland said the company was “excited” about the development and intended to “develop out and maintain ownership of the entire scheme” should permission be granted.

The revised proposal comes after An Bord Pleanála refused permission for the previous Lidl proposal on the site following a number of objections from local businesses. The refusal claimed that the Local Area Plan requires the Barry’s Field site be developed for a mix of uses.

Some of the apartments, as detailed in the planning application to Cork County Council received, will include private balconies, private communal open space roof garden and lift services.

They will be located on the first and second floors of the three-storey development.

According to the revised proposal, the Lidl store will account for 2,251 square metres of the site, and will be separate from the rest of the development, which spans 1,351 square metres.

“Lidl are pleased to confirm that revised plans have been lodged for a development in Douglas,” the company’s statement read. “We have worked closely with the local authority, planners and architects to ensure that our new proposed mixed use development will contribute positively to the local area. The planned store would be an environmentally friendly build which will offer customers in the area a superior shopping experience.”

The proposed site development also includes a total of 98 car parking spaces, 33 bicycle parking spaces and 10 motorcycle spaces, as well as pedestrian access via a new site entrance from the Carrigaline Road.

Fine Gael Cllr Deirdre Forde said it remained to be seen whether people in the area would submit observations on the proposal, but said: “My preferred preference would be mixed use, and with that in mind a mixed use development is an improvement on the previous application.”

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