by Orla Hearns
Further information has been sought by Mayo County Council in relation to the plans for a new Aldi supermarket in Ballina.
On May 21 last, Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd applied for permission for a new supermarket on Bury St.
The development proposal would entail the demolition of three existing derelict buildings including the former Deanwood Hotel and the construction of a single-storey discount store with access from Bury St and Teeling St.
The proposal, which also provides for the creation of an 82-space car park and the upgrade of an existing laneway from Teeling St, has attracted seven submissions.
On July 14 last, the planning authority wrote to the applicant requesting further information in relation to various aspects of the development, including the Teeling St access proposals. The developer is asked to consider making it for pedestrians only and to clarify or revise other aspects relating to pedestrian and vehicle access and exit to the development.
The request for information also sets out a number of required revisions to address the design, layout and visual impact of the store including the provision of additional stone cladding and compliant signage.
The applicant has also been asked to submit a site-specific retail impact assessment as well as details of the site selection process and any alternative sites considered for the development.
Noting the development site’s proximity to the River Moy Special Area of Conservation, the planning authority has directed that the applicant commission an assessment under the EU Habitats Directive as well as a construction environment management plan and a site-specific invasive species management plan detailing how it is proposed to deal with a Japanese Knotweed infestation on site.
The developer must also commission and submit bat and bird surveys together with an arboricultural impact assessment and tree protection reports on the site as well as a revised site layout plan that allows for the retention of an existing stone wall and mature trees on Bury St.
Analyses of the development’s potential light and noise impact has also been requested together with construction and demolition management plans that address demolition waste and pest control arrangements.
Adjudication of the planning application is deferred until such time as all requested information has been submitted.