Aldi store gets green light in Carrick

AN BORD Pleanála has given the go-ahead for a new Aldi store on the outskirts of Carrick-on-Shannon. Although seven out of eight suggested sites in the town centre were unsuitable because they were liable to flooding, planning has been granted for the final site.

AN BORD Pleanála has given the go-ahead for a new Aldi store on the outskirts of Carrick-on-Shannon. Although seven out of eight suggested sites in the town centre were unsuitable because they were liable to flooding, planning has been granted for the final site.

AN BORD Pleanála has given the go-ahead for a new Aldi store on the outskirts of Carrick-on-Shannon. Although seven out of eight suggested sites in the town centre were unsuitable because they were liable to flooding, planning has been granted for the final site.

The development, which had been opposed by the representative group for independent grocers RGdata, is to include at least 88 car parking spaces.

Permission was granted subject to 17 conditions, on a site adjoining the N4 and the Castlecarra Road, on the Dublin side of the town, just 300m from Tesco.

RGdata had argued that the development was contrary to retail planning guidelines, that the site was 800m from the town’s main street and not within walking distance, that customers would be wholly reliant on cars and that there were a number of vacant units and alternative sites available in the centre of the town.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.