Green light for new Tesco store in Cahir

Aileen Hahesy

Aileen Hahesy

A new supermarket development for the former Dairygold site in Cahir has received the green light from An Bord Pleanala and it’s understood the anchor tenant will be Tesco.

An Bord Pleanala has decided to uphold the planning permission granted by South Tipperary Co. Council to the retail project proposed by Project Church Street Development at Old Church Road/Clonmel Rd., Cahir but has reduced the total size of the retail floor area by 942 square metres and approved planning subject to 24 conditions.

The decision has been welcomed by Cahir Labour Cllr Sean Lonergan, who said it will mean the creation of more jobs in Cahir and keep more people shopping in the town.

“I am delighted with the decision. It’s more jobs and more choice for consumers and it’s in an ideal location between the Cashel and Clonmel Roads.

“The whole thing is to stop people going to Clonmel to shop and I think Tesco is the one that will stop them. I have seen the plans for the project and they are very, very acceptable and I have spoken to one of the Tesco managers and they told me the project will go ahead before Christmas.”

The shopping centre will consist of an 3,374 square metres anchor store and three small retail units totalling 651sq ms in size, a service yard, 248 car parking spaces and recycling area.

A new roundabout at the Old Church Street/Clonmel Road is planned and there will be pedestrian access from Church Street.

South Tipperary Co. Council granted planning permission for the development in May last year subject to 18 conditions but that decision was appealed by RGDATA, the body that represents independent retailers, Andrew Fanning of Townspark Service Station opposite the former Dairygold site and John Cummins, owner of the propertly formerly known as the Stop Inn pub that adjoins the site.

Having investigated all the appeals, An Bord Pleanala said it considered that the development, subject to the conditions it had set out would consolidate retail trade within the town and would not have an adverse impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre.

The board also concluded that the project would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity and was acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience.