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€50m Dalymount plan in jeopardy after Tesco raises objection

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The redevelopment of Dalymount Park has been put at risk after objections from Tesco over store deliveries

The redevelopment of Dalymount Park has been put at risk after objections from Tesco over store deliveries

The redevelopment of Dalymount Park has been put at risk after objections from Tesco over store deliveries

Bohemian FC is calling for the redevelopment of Dalymount Park to go ahead despite one supermarket chain's objection.

Developer MM Capital has accused Tesco Ireland of preventing the progress of the €50m plan and has said the redevelopment of the stadium and Phibsboro Shopping Centre was "likely" to be shelved.

The plan would see the unattractive 1960s centre overhauled, but Tesco has said it would mean its store would be unable to receive deliveries.

Impasse

Bohs, who are set to benefit from the redevelopment and join their rivals Shelbourne FC in the use of the new stadium, have called for the "impasse" to end.

"We call on the parties involved to work together to resolve their differences to allow for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver integrated design of Phibsborough Village Centre," a statement from its board said.

"We believe the main fallout from a possible non-integrated development would be the obvious loss to the community."

Tesco Ireland told the Herald that it had not made any fresh demands.

"We have been consistent across all our dealings with MM Capital over several years and right up to today," a spokesperson for the company said.

"Our position throughout the very extended planning process is that we are seeking to maintain deliveries for our store.

"Currently the store receives deliveries to the front. This right to deliver to the front is contained in our deed of conveyance and we've been making deliveries in this manner for over 20 years."

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Dalymount Park

Dalymount Park

Dalymount Park

MM Capital's Derek Poppinga said Tesco did not "have a right to deliver in this fashion".

"How they deliver currently is dangerous because it's across Phibsborough, through a public footpath," said Mr Poppinga.

"We are trying to rectify this danger that Tesco seems comfortable with.

"This scheme doesn't impact their right to deliver. We grant them the right to continue deliveries at the front, if they so wish, even though there are dangers."

Dublin City Council said it was aware MM Capital has released a statement which notes that the redevelopment plans for the shopping centre and Dalymount Park may be in jeopardy.

"Dublin City Council is fully committed to the Dalymount Park Redevelopment Project and intends to see this historic venue fully developed into a vibrant municipal stadium in the coming years," it said.

"If the shopping centre redevelopment does not happen for whatever reason, the council will continue to progress with the Dalymount Redevelopment Project with an alternative design.

"Dublin City Council is in the process of procuring an architect-led design team, who should be appointed by mid-summer, and this will be factored into their brief."