Mayo County Council is reported to have granted conditional planning permission to Aldi Stores (Ireland) Ltd to develop a supermarket in Ballina.
On May 21 last the company applied for permission to demolish existing buildings on Bury St in the town – including the derelict Deanwood Hotel – and construct a single-storey discount store with 82 car parking spaces and pedestrian and vehicular access.
The site in question was previously the subject of an application from McDonalds Restaurants of Ireland Ltd which was ultimately refused permission on appeal to An Bord Pleanala in 2012 for a proposed two storey drive through restaurant.
Now, following a number of requests for further information from the applicant, it is being reported that conditional planning permission has been approved for Ballina’s new Aldi supermarket.
Local Cllr Mark Duffy confirmed the news earlier this evening, stating the development is welcomed in terms of bringing a derelict site back into use and retaining a strong shopping experience in the town centre, thereby maintaining the town’s overall vibrancy.
Local FF TD Dara Calleary has also welcomed the approval of planning permission.
He told the Western People: “This is a welcome development for Ballina – especially at these times. This development – coupled with the planned Military Barracks and Tesco developments – can help drive a resurgence of our town centre just in time for the Ballina 300 celebrations in 2023.”