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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Plans for Ikea on southside under threat

PLANS for a new Ikea store on Dublin's southside are likely to be scuppered, a local politician has claimed.

The Swedish furniture giant has been mooted as the anchor tenant in Cherrywood, which is to undergo a massive redevelopment.

However, Fianna Fail councillor Gerry Horkan told the Herald he could not see Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council approving such a large-scale retail operation on the 360-acre site.

In a statement, Ikea, which already has a successful store in Ballymun, admitted examining several locations for potential new outlets.

"Ikea has been identifying sites around the country for potential stores, including the area of Cherrywood. However, we have nothing to confirm at this point in time," a spokesman said.

Dunloe Ewart -- formerly controlled by construction boss Liam Carroll -- is developing the south Dublin site, located between the M50 and N11 in south Dublin.



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However, Mr Horkan said he would be "very surprised" if a store the size of Ikea was given the go-ahead by the council.

He said there is a "move against" large out-of-town retail operations, which take customers away from existing hubs like Dun Laoghaire and Carrickmines.

County bosses are drafting a strategic plan for the development of Cherrywood.

It is due to go on public display early next year. The council says the site is the "single largest undeveloped land-bank in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown".

The Government designated it a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) in May 2010 after an application from the local authority.

Among the aims of the designation is that housing and economic and community facilities will be developed.

"In the long term, the development of the area will provide an opportunity to establish a vibrant new community in a unique location," the council said.

The local authority was nominated as the development agency for the land bank and it had two years to prepare a draft plan.

comurphy@herald.ie

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