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Lidl gets the green light for Shankill store

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 1:00pm
Lidl gets the green light for Shankill store

How the new Lidl store will look in Shankill.

Lidl gets the green light for Shankill store

How the new Lidl store will look in Shankill.

SUPERMARKET giant, Lidl, has expressed their delight after receiving planning permission last week from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for a neighbourhood centre development in Shankill. 

The development, when completed, will include a cafe, crèche, medical centre and a “state-of-the-art” Lidl store.

The constructon works will take six months to complete and will create employment for over 50 workers during this phase with a further 30 full time jobs created in the Lidl store alone once it is up and running.

A spokesperson for the store said they had been “inundated with unprecedented positive feedback” from the local community in Shankill since they held an open information evening in April.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their continued support,” Lidl Ireland Property Director, Alan Barry, said.

Lidl had been asked to take on the concerns of local people in relation to their plans for the former Shankill Shopping Centre site.

Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF) said there had been “considerable comment” about some aspects of the plans when they were first published in late April 2017.

 “The majority of the local residents that I've spoken to are very pleased that this site could be revitalised after many years of effectively being dormant,” Cllr Devlin said.

“There have been several submissions made which locals are hoping Lidl will finally accommodate.”

Cllr Devlin said 14 submissions were made by local residents seeking changes to elements of the plan put forward by Lidl.

Some other concerns that were raised highlighted the potential over-development of the site, not retaining the character of the original shopping centre, excessive traffic and a lack of parking for the development itself.

"I welcome the fact that the planners of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County have listened to the concerns of residents and groups in the Shankill area by seeking further information from Lidl,” Cllr Devlin told this newspaper recently.

“I hope that Lidl will accommodate as many of these concerns as possible and that they make the necessary changes to their plans

“Lidl did this when they sought planning permission for their shop in Glenageary,” Cllr Devlin added.

“They took on the concerns then and I believe they should now do the same for the people of Shankill.”

The Shankill Shopping Centre was once home to Super Valu which was sold in 2011 to Superquinn.

That deal fell through and the centre was subsequently bought by Bilaro, which lodged a planning application with the council in 2013.

Permission was granted for a 15,000sqm centre and work began. 

The Bilaro group had practically redeveloped the entire site, which saw the retention of the apex roof and the existing tenants (O'Donnells Pharmacy and Envy Hairdressers) but when work stalled they then sold the site onto Lidl, Ireland GmbH.

A spokesperson for the store added: “We have taken on board many of the suggestions from the local residents including the use of stone walls, retaining in so far as is possible existing trees, additional landscaping and the inclusion of enhanced pedestrian access.

“However, we were somewhat restricted regarding some feedback on the roof design and multi-use nature of the site as we have to first and foremost comply with the Retail Planning Guidelines and the specific zoning of the site.”

 

 

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