Aldi to build scout hall along with store

More than 150 scouts are set to benefit from an unusual joint venture collaboration with a German discount supermarket chain.

Aldi   to build  scout hall along with store

In what is believed to be the first of its type in the country, Aldi has successfully sought planning permission to build a supermarket and scout hall in a Co Cork town.

An Bord Pleanála has just granted planning permission for the store and scout hall, despite objections from four parties.

The two facilities will be built at Riverstown, Glanmire, and the news has delighted the local scout troop who haven’t had a proper home of their own since being founded more than 30 years ago.

“It’s a joint enterprise on land which belonged to the parish. It’s a fantastic step for us,” unit leader Gavin Coakley said.

“The unit started in Glanmire in 1979 and since then we’ve been using the community centre, national schools, and other centres as a base. We have more than 150 children registered from six to 18 years of age and 23 adult leaders,” Mr Coakley said.

A new road will have to be built in the town to accommodate the 1436sq m supermarket and 273sq m scout hall. This was one of the 27 conditions which An Bord Pleanála attached to the planning approval.

The greenfield site earmarked for the project is sandwiched between the busy Hazelwood Avenue and the road adjacent to Sarsfield’s GAA Club in Riverstown. An Bord Pleanála stipulated that a new road would be required to prevent traffic problems within the busy satellite town.

Creating such a road was also highlighted as a future requirement under the council’s County Development Plan.

It was decided that the scout hall development was needed to address the under-provision of social and community services in the Glanmire area.

One of the objectors, Ann Lynch, principal of the nearby St Joseph’s National School, said that while she broadly welcomed the development, she had concerns about the impact additional traffic generated by the project would have on pedestrian safety.

The inspector said that he did not consider the development would result in any significant traffic/ pedestrian hazards.

Another objector, Liam Ryan, who owns the nearby SuperValu at the Crestfield Shopping Centre, argued that the Aldi development was contrary to the objectives set out in the council’s Local Area Plan (LAP).

However, it was pointed out by the An Bord Pleanála inspector that the LAP stated there was need for additional retail outlets in the area “to support targeted population growth”.

He also referred to the council’s Retail Impact Assessment report which stated that 36% of shopping was done outside the catchment area and if Aldi was allowed to locate in Glanmire, it was likely to reduce this leakage by 13%.

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