Kildare County Council have given permission to Lidl Ireland for the development of a major distribution centre on the outskirts of Newbridge.
The centre will be constructed at an overall cost of around €32.5 million in the Great Connell area of the town, and it will act as a major base for Lidl's distribution arm to their stores nationwide.
The massive 57,000 sq metre warehouse will be one of the biggest in Ireland when it is built, and there will be 352 parking spaces to cater for staff at the new facility. The plans have been in the pipeline for this project for a long time at this stage, but it was finally given the green light by the council at the beginning of December.
The proposed development will consist of a new regional distribution centre (RDC) warehouse, and a new distributor road linking the R445 regional road with Great Connell, with an access to the proposed RDC from the proposed distributor road.
It also includes the demolition of two former residential properties and their associated out buildings accessed off the R445 regional road. The proposed RDC warehouse building will have a gross floor area (GFA) of c.57,611sqm and two-storey associated office wing. A total of 352 car parking spaces including 18 disabled bays and 32 cycle parking spaces are provided for on the site, and circulation space surrounding the building with access to dock levellers on the north-western and south-eastern elevations.
The proposed RDC will have pedestrian and vehicular access solely from the proposed new distributor road, which comprises alterations to the previously permitted Newbridge South Orbital Relief Road (NSOR) route incorporating approximately 1.5km carriageway leading from Greatconnell (Connell Drive) to a new roundabout junction with the R445 regional road at Oldconnell, landscaping, lighting, attenuation and drainage works.
A 400m stretch of the R445 regional road will be upgraded as part of the proposed development including junction upgrades and partial realignment. The proposed development includes all connections to environmental services; boundary treatments, landscaping and site development works; all on a site measuring c.31 hectares. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been prepared and will be submitted to the Planning Authority with the application.
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