There are unconfirmed reports this evening that Lidl has been refused planning permission for the controversial store planned for Carrick-on-Shannon.
Shannonside FM understands Leitrim County Council has declined the supermarket giant permission to build a €2-million store just off the Dublin Road, on the Leitrim side of the town.
Lidl wants to move from its current location at Cortober to Attyrory and Attifinlay, near rival supermarkets Tesco and Aldi.
Last December, An Bord Pleanála refused Lidl planning permission to develop a store on the site, which is bounded by the N4 and Circular Road.
Leitrim County Council had earlier given the development the go-ahead.
One of the reasons for the refusal was because Lidl hadn’t given a ‘comprehensive proposal for an alternative use for the store at Cortober’.
Yet in early May, Lidl was given permission to turn this store into a car sales showroom and gym.
Later that month, it reapplied to the council for a store to be built in Attyrory and Attifinlay, through Avant Ireland, which owns the site.
The application is almost identical to the one lodged last year, involving a two-storey foodstore of nearly 3,000 square metres.
However, almost 130 objections were lodged against it.
Shannonside FM understands the council has today refused permission, although the reasons for the decision have not yet been revealed.