Planning applications submitted for Kilcoole include a Lidl Superstore and a Telecommunications mast

Replica tree antenna

Residents of Kilcoole were shocked this weekend as a planning notice appeared at a local car park adjacent to The Molly’s pub on Main Street. The notice identified that Lidl Ireland had requested planning permission to build a 2700 sq.m superstore with an access point from the Main Street.

There was further confusion as residents took to social media to complain that the planning permission was not yet available on the County Council website.

Planning permission has once again been sought by Cignal Infrastructure Limited, to erect a 35 metre high telecommunications mast at the former Convent grounds. The application states that the mast would take the form of a ‘replica pine tree’ and the installation would include a 2.4 metre high palisade. Further information has been requested to accompany the application at this time.

Cignal Infrastructure is an independent provider of telecommunications infrastructure. The wi-fi mast developer were refused permission by Wicklow County Council in November 2021 when they applied to erect a 21m high mast in the grounds of St. Anthony’s FC, Kilcoole. The local authority refused to give the green light to the proposed development due to concerns about the potential impact of the development on the visual amenity of the area. Cignal Infrastructure lodged an appeal to An Bord Pleanala, but this was withdrawn earlier in this year.

The standard 5 weeks period applies for anyone wishing to raise concerns about either application.

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