The developers of a new shopping centre and residential development in Wicklow town centre have finally been given the green light to proceed.
The mixed use retail and residential development, which will be constructed on the site of the Bayview Hotel and Stra Pub as well as adjoining premises on The Mall and High Street, has been granted planning permission subject to 30 conditions.
On two occasions permission was granted by Wicklow Town Council and twice it was appealed to An Board Pleanala. However, the second appeal to the planning board was withdrawn and the developers received written confirmation that they could go ahead this week.
One of the developers, local businessman Tony O'Reilly, said they now hope to start building work after Christmas. He hopes that the development will help to revive the flagging town centre's fortunes.