German retail giant Lidl is set to apply for planning permission for a massive new store in Tullamore.
Accordng to a planning notice published in yesterday’s, Irish Independent (Thursday October 5), Lidl intends to apply for permission to construct a new supermaket on a site at Church Road and Tanyard Lane.
The proposed development, if given the green light by local planners, will consist of 2,575 square metres or in excess of 27,000 square feet of a supermarket and a single storey creche, as well as a link road between Church Road and Tanyard Lane. The notice also includes details for the demolition of five commercial buildings currently on the site.
Lidl already has one store in the town, which is located on Main Street.
In January, an Bord Pleanala upheld Offaly County Council’s decision to grant Lidl planning permission for a new store in Edenderry. The application came before An Bord Pleanala after rival retailer Tesco appealed the council’s decision. Lidl recently began recruiting for its new Edenderry store, which it is believed will open before the end of the year.
This will be third planning application from Lidl to come before Offaly County Council in the space of a year. In June, local planner’s refused to grant planning permission for a new store in Birr, as the development would have been "visually incongruous within the landscape".
Lidl appealed the decision. The case is due to be decided by An Bord Pleanala by November 20.
Earlier his year, Lidl announced that it plans to expand the number of stores it has in Ireland to 200. It currently has around 150 stores in the Republic of Ireland and 40 in Northern Ireland.