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Lidl gets the green light for new store in Westside

Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a new Lidl discount supermarket on the Seamus Quirke Road in the Westside area of Galway city.

Lidl Ireland submitted plans last September to demolish the existing Arch Motors premises on the Seamus Quirke Road, and build a single storey discount store in its place.

The building will have a gross floor space of 1,771sq metres and a net retail area of 1,193sq metres including an off licence.

In January the city council made a request for further information on numerous grounds, including concerns from the neighbouring Monaghan’s service station the the building plans encroached on their demesne.

The HSE also sought assurances from the developer that the project would not have any impact on the helipad to the rear of the site serving the hospital.

In their response Lidl submitted a revised layout and site plan which they said resolved this issue, and said that the proposed store is “considerably more distant” from the helipad than many existing hospital buildings, and that no proximity issues would arise.

A number of changes were made to the proposed design of the building at the request of the city council to achieve a higher level of “architectural quality and urban design”.

A glazed facade wrapping around the northeastern corner of the building was added, and landscaping measures were changed to better screen the car park from the street.

A piece of public artwork will also be added to the site at the direction of the council.

Two electric vehicle charging points were also added to the parking provision for the site

Galway City Council granted planning permission with a total of 18 conditions attached.

Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com
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