An Bord Pleanala grant permission for new Tesco store in Kildare Town

An Bord Pleanala have upheld the decision of Kildare County Council to grant permission for a new convenience store in Kildare Town, along with some minor retail units.  The scheme was granted despite the fact that an Action Area Plan had not been adopted by the elected members as per the Kildare Town LAP.  The Bord instead relied on a plan prepared by the Planning Authority but which had no input from the public.  This is similar to the situation in Naas where Superquinn was granted permission again on the back of a plan prepared by the Planning Authority which had no public consultation.  The reliance on plans which have no public participation in terms of making decisions on planning applications brings into question the right of the public to be involved in determining development in their own respective locality; after all this right is enshrined in planning legislation and forms the cornerstone of most plans prepared by the Council.

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