Frisby projects at Ardkeen green-lit

Developer Noel Frisby has secured planning permission for the construction of an Aldi foodstore at Ardkeen’s Cove Roundabout.

In the wake of the German discount store’s recent Dungarvan opening, which created 21 new jobs, one would expect a similar number to gain employment at the Ardkeen facility, which will encompass 1712 square metres.

This also accounts for a loading bay, cash transfer hatch, bin store, trolley bay, a delivery area, a car park, bicycle stands, a totem sign, as well a new ESB substation.

The provision of a further supermarket in the area, in addition to the bustling Ardkeen Stores and Lidl supermarkets, shall further enhance the impressive retail choice for those living nearby, along with those visiting Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH).

It’s also worth pointing out that WRH is the city’s largest single employer, so one can see Mr Frisby’s logic in wishing to build a further shopping centre in this bustling suburb.

In addition to this, Mr Frisby, who hopes to develop the cleared Waterford Crystal site at Kilbarry for a range of commercial endeavours, has also been granted planning for a new two-storey building at the Cove Roundabout.

This shall consist of service retail use on the ground floor, office use on the first floor, as well as a car park and bicycle stand area.

In further evidence of the Ardkeen area’s commercial muscle, Tony McMahon has been granted planning to construct an extension to the popular Bellissimo Restaurant, also located just off the Cove Roundabout.

The works shall consist of a new reception bar, seating area and connecting corridor to the existing building and will be situated on the existing patio area on the restaurant’s first floor. Meanwhile, Ardkeen Superstores Ltd has received planning permission to carry out alterations to the “elevational treatment of (its) north elevation (meeting rooms) and west elevation (old petrol station), replacement roof to existing stair enclosure at roof level and all associated site works”.

Aldi has been given planning permission by Waterford City Council to construct a new car park at its Cork Road/Ashe Road store which will provide for 30 additional spaces.

Kieran Walsh

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