Planning permission has been granted to supermarket chain Aldi to develop in Cashel. The locally controversial development will be constructed on the site of ‘Indaville,’ on Boherclough Street - a listed building. Part of the historic town walls are also on the site. However planning officials have taken this into consideration and granted permission for the supermarket, with 25 conditions. 22 local residents and businesses objected to the planning application. Raymond Davern, local businessman, was one of those. “I’m not against any business coming into Cashel, we need new business in Cashel, we need to create footfall and attract people into the town. However this site has already been knocked at planning stage for a residential development due to the architectural heritage.” Mr Davern is also concerned that Boherclough Street is very narrow and deemed ‘so narrow and dangerous’ that the Town Council put a pedestrian crossing there. “I can guarantee you there will be an appeal, I will appeal,” Mr Davern said calling for an oral hearing by An Board Pleanala.
Deputy Tom Hayes said he too is concerned about the council decision, as there are already a number of supermarkets in the town, some in trading difficulties.
The proposed development sees the construction of a single storey foodstore with a gross floor area of 1.435sqm. It will have a new access from Boherclogh Road and will have 107 parking spaces. The entrance gates and piers will be retained, the boundary wall along Boherclogh Street will be removed and a new boundary wall with railings and a pedestrian footpath constructed; alterations to the site including the provision of an entrance, wall and railings to the south of the proposed access road and west of the house. A summerhouse/ shed on the northern boundary and shed on the western boundary will be demolished. The Gate Lodge will be retained and upgraded.