Following a campaign from the local business community and local councillors, a company which has lodged a planning application to construct and open a supermarket at Boherclough Street, in Cashel, has been advised to consider alternative sites for their development.
Having considered the proposed development of a discount foodstore at Indaville, Boherclough Street, the Planning Authority have advised Aldi Stores Ltd. to consider other site options within Cashel Town centre, according to Councillor Tom Wood.
On March 13 South Tipperary County Council’s Planning Office requested further information on the application. The application has not been refused.
In a lengthy letter to the applicants the Authority considers the development excessive in respect of layout, scale and form for the site, saying, “ it will interfere with sensitive developments in surrounding sites such as the protected structures/national monuments, residential properties and hospital.”
Should Aldi wish to proceed to a decision with the current site then further details on a lengthy list of issues including, Cashel’s Retail Strategy, where focus is set on the further development of high end retailing in the town centre and the policy of the Department of Arts and Heritage regarding archaeological material, are required in order to enable the application to be fully assessed prior to a decision been made.
Concerns relating to vehicular access, overshadowing of adjacent residential properties, noise nuisance, proposals to breach the historic town defences, retention and repair of the gate lodge and summer house, retention and widening of existing entrance for vehicular use and the retention of the stone boundary wall with limited reductions in height, are some of the other concerns raised by the Planning Authority and in need of further clarification, says Cllr Wood.
22 submissions on the application were received by the County Council, from people living in Boherclough Street and from local businesses.