By A sizeable medical centre and a branch of the credit union are to be constructed alongside the city’s fourth Tesco store, which is set to bring some 130 new jobs to the Kilbarry area.

The multi-million euro development, approved planning permission by Waterford City Council last week, will be built on a 8.4 acre site bought from the City Council for €9 million earlier this year. Fronting onto both the Kilbarry Road and Ballybeg Link Road, the site is directly opposite 200 acres of land earmarked for major residential development and originally formed part of a larger holding of 16 acres which was brought to the market by Purcell Properties last October. Waterford City Council ultimately retained the remainder of the 16 acres for future development.

In excess of 130 full and part-time positions will arise in the Tesco store, with many more likely to be created during the construction phase. The development will provide a single storey foodstore incorporating an off-licence, as well as a separate mix use building providing four retail units, a credit union, a café, a crèche and medical centre with 15 consulting rooms. Surface level car parking of 516 spaces will be provided, as well as recycling centre facilities and works will include the creation of a roundabout off the Ballybeg Link Road to serve the site.