Council blocks €8m plan to add café and 34 apartments to Kildare shopping centre

Senan Hogan

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Senan Hogan

Council blocks plan to add café and 34 apartments to Kildare shopping centre

A design of the proposed development Credit: Tyler Owens Architects

Kildare Co Council has refused planning permission for a major expansion for Greenfield Shopping Centre in Maynooth. 

Planners said that the proposed development would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area for a number of reasons. 

The total estimated construction value of the project was over €8m, according to Building Info database.

The applicants were Greenfield Shopping Centre Ltd, Boycetown, Kilcock.

The applicants wanted to build a 265 sqm extension at ground floor level comprising a new retail unit and coffee shop with an outdoor seating area, fronting onto the Straffan Road.

There would also be a new retail unit fronting onto Laurence Avenue.

The plans also included the construction of 34 apartments on the first to fourth floors, comprising 17 one-bed units, 15 two-bed units and 2 three-bed units.

The properties would have balconies or terraces, located above the existing shopping centre and proposed commercial units.

Communal terraces were also proposed at first and fourth floor levels.