Rocklands service station in Wexford is opposing the construction of a new Lidl supermarket in Rocksborough on Rosslare Road, stressing that the development will have a negative impact on retail in the town centre.
idl Ireland has applied to Wexford County Council for permission to build a ‘discount food store’ totaling 2,209 square metres, including an off-licence license on land leafy area behind Kerlogue Nursing Home and opposite Kerlogue Manor housing estate.
The application includes the construction of an access road from Rosslare Road, servicing the proposed development and facilitating future development of adjacent land as well as pedestrian access, parking, refrigeration and cooling facility and equipment. air conditioning, roof mounted solar panels and mains electricity. substation.
The developers propose to connect a sewer to the existing sewer infrastructure near Kerlogue, near a protected structure.
The proposed development site is owned by Phillip and Paula Stafford and Lidl Ireland describes itself on the application form as “the potential purchasers of the land”.
The planning authority is currently reviewing Lidl’s application and the deadline for receiving objections and comments on the proposal was last Friday.
David Bowe of Rocklands Service Station on Rosslare Road filed an objection, saying the proposed site is outside the City of Wexford’s designated speed limit and clearly not within walking distance of the City of Wexford’s shopping center Wexford and therefore constitutes an ‘out of town’. location” as defined by the Retail Layout Guidelines.
“The proposed development will have an unacceptable impact on existing retailers in Wexford town center and their vitality and viability.”
In the objection which was submitted on his behalf by Wexford planning and design consultant Ian Doyle, Mr Bowe claimed that the proposed development sought to exploit a location closer to the town’s ring road to facilitate its development. access rather than being located in the city center in the interests of commercial advantage and will promote unsustainable modes of transport.
“The proposed development is clearly of a scale designed for a catchment area significantly larger than that of the southern vicinity of Wexford,” he said, pointing out that a retail impact assessment which accompanies the application is “fundamentally flawed” in that the test focuses on the southern environs of the city only.
“The proposed development is not at the scale of a neighborhood to cater only to the surrounding residential area. The applicant describes the immediate area around the site as ‘an emerging residential area’ and while this may be the case, existing levels of residential development do not exist to justify the site’s location on the edge of town”
A Natura Impact Statement was submitted with the application, concluding that although the development land is not within a designated conservation site – the nearest Natura 2000 site is the River Slaney Valley SAC at 35 meters downstream of the works – given the scale of the development and a proposed sewer connection at the Kerlogue Farm, five meters from the watercourse of Rathaspick Creek feeding directly into the marine environment, it is considered that There is a direct route to Slaney SAC and Wexford Port and Slobs SPA.
The report concluded that there is a risk of dust, pollution and contaminated surface water runoff entering Rathaspick Stream during construction and operation and impacting the integrity of Natura 2000 sites located immediately downstream of the site in question.
“The proposed clearance and construction works would impact the existing ecology of the site and surrounding area. If left unmitigated, this could result in transport of dust, pollution and contaminated water runoff. to Rathaspick Creek, with the potential for downstream impacts to Slaney River Valley SAC and Wexford Harbor and Slobs SPA.
He said construction and operational mitigation measures would be incorporated into the proposed project to minimize potential adverse impacts in the area of influence, including Rathaspick Creek and downstream European sites.