Aldi Appeal Waterford City and County Council’s Decision
The proposed Aldi Store development at Strand Road in Tramore took another turn recently when the company appealed Waterford City and County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission to An Bord Pleanala. Aldi had planned to build a single storey food store in the area with a gross floor area of 1,729 sq.m. as well as parking spaces for 112 vehicles.
The Council refused permission for the development in November 2017, citing among other reasons concerns about public safety with regard to ‘traffic hazard given the increased traffic generated…at the proposed access and egress points which meet a heavily trafficked road’, adding that this would also ‘seriously conflict with pedestrian movements accessing and exiting the adjoining amusement park and public toilets’.
The Council also expressed concerns about the possible negative impact on the former railway station which is a listed building, stating the development would detract ‘visually and physically from the architectural, historical and cultural character of the protected structure and its setting within Tramore town.’
In its response Aldi notes that the access arrangements for a previously approved development on the site in 2004 are similar to their proposal with both proposing vehicular access and egress from the Crescent Road. It notes that ‘there have been no material changes to the road infrastructure around the site in the intervening period that would impact on access to the proposed development from Crescent Road.’
With regard to the railway station Aldi refers to an Architectural Heritage Assessment commissioned by them and carried out on their behalf by Molloy Associates which states among other things that ‘the current visual connection between the railway station and the lands to the rear have only recently arisen as a result of the demolition of buildings’ and ‘the acquired setting is not, therefore, considered part of the protected structure.
The full text of the appeal is available to view on An Bord Pleanala’s website.