Fingal Council shoots down Aldi store for Clonsilla site

by Sylvia Pownall

Plans to build an Aldi store on a site at Weaver’s Row in Clonsilla which faced stiff local opposition have been shot down by Fingal County Council.

This marks the latest unsuccessful bid to build a supermarket on what is the last strip of vacant land on the Clonsilla Road.

Aldi was refused permission in 2015.

This time the application included a shop with off-license and creche, 20 three-storey houses, a new public plaza and 140 surface car parking spaces.

Welcoming the refusal Cllr Emer Currie (FG) said: “It’s the right decision. The proposed development was disjointed, didn’t add value to the streetscape and public realm, not to mention the traffic issues.”

In its ruling, the council outlined a number of reasons for refusing the application, including what it described as the development’s “substandard layout, particularly in terms of the integration with adjoining sites”.

Planners ruled that the lack of a workable access from the Clonsilla Road “would endanger public safety and cause a serious traffic hazard”.

They also found that the development “would be detrimental to the residential amenities of future residents” because of the lack of open space and the “substandard landscaping scheme”.

The proximity of the proposed build to a neighbouring apartment block and houses was also a factor.


Aldi announced 20 new jobs for the Clonsilla area in July – while planners were still considering the application – as part of its expansion plans in the Dublin area.

An online petition was set up to advise Fingal County Council of the community’s concerns and opposition to the Aldi move.

One objector warned: “We will be completely overlooked, noise pollution and we will lose sunlight in our garden.”

Cllr Tania Doyle (Ind), who submitted an observation on the development, said: “This application is far too premature, given we do not have an up to date Clonsilla Urban Strategy to reference…

“Is this development really in the best interests of Clonsilla, given permission is already in place for a similar size Lidl store not too far away on the Clonsilla link road opposite Castlefield Court?”

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