Green light for new Lidl supermarket in Moycullen

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Galway Daily news Green light for new Lidl supermarket in Moycullen

Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a new Lidl supermarket in Moycullen, along with other mixed units.

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for the construction of a Lidl supermarket with a 2,278m² floor space on unused land between the Slí an tStruthain estate and An Fuaran.

The mixed use development will also include the construction of two additional free standing retail units, and five houses.

The homes shall comprise 1 four-bed detached house, and 4 three-bed semi-detached houses.

Other work involved in the project shall include the provision of landscaped communal space, and 112 car parking spaces.

Galway County Council had refused to grant planning permission to Lidl Ireland GmbH back in February of 2021.

One of the reasons the council refused planning permission stated that there was a high level of retail vacancy in Moycullen.

However, the appeal by Lidl disputed this, stating that retail vacancy had fallen in recent years, and that those units that were vacant could not accommodate a supermarket.

Another reason for the council’s decision was concern that the parking provision was below what is required by the County Development Plan.

In the appeal, Lidl stated that the parking standards set out in the CDP do not reflect the actual demand for car parking, and that what is provided for in the plans is more than sufficient.

Planning permission was granted by And Bord Pleanála for the project subject to 16 conditions. Among these the Bord ordered that the plans must include the provision of 30 covered bicycle spaces.

Lidl stated in the initial application, that the project will create 30 new jobs for Moycullen when completed.