The existing Lidl store in Skibbereen. Pic: Google

CLONAKILTY Mayor Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin has warned that flood risk must be a top priority in considering a planning application for a new supermarket in Clonakilty.


German supermarket giant Lidl has lodged a new application seeking permission to build a 1,503 sq m new store with 82 parking spaces on the Inchydoney Road just past the Waterfront development.


The application also seeks to demolish some existing agricultural buildings to make way for the development.


The site of the proposed new Lidl store.

It is the second application from the chain to build a store in Clonakilty.


A previous application to build a 1,527 sq m store, also on the Inchydoney Road was turned down by An Bord Pleanála in February on grounds that it would cause unacceptable traffic congestion.


Following the devastating floods experienced in the town earlier this year, the Mayor told West Cork Times that the possible impact of any new development on the potential flood threat in the town should be a top priority.


“Personally I think that any new development like this must be looked at very closely in terms of the affect it may have on the future possibility of flooding and to be honest I don’t believe planning should be given for even a dog kennel in that area of the town.


“I have never hidden my views on another supermarket development in the town and personally I think that in the long run another multiple coming in would not be good for the town’s future.


“I know that may be an unpopular view with some people but in my view the town cannot support another supermarket.


“It should also be pointed out that the development plan for the town identifies the town centre as the area that should be prioritised for future commercial development and this proposal is for the outskirts on the Inchydoney Road,” he said.