Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Decision on €280m Waterford development due by end of year

A DECISION on the future of a proposed €280m development for Waterford city is expected before the end of the year.

Backers of the Newgate Centre project confirmed yesterday that they have responded to a request for further information from An Bord Pleanála.

Waterford City Council has already granted planning permission to the KRM Construction Partnership for the scheme, which would see the development of 60 shops, including three anchor units; a 153-bedroom four-star hotel with a conference centre and leisure facilities; arts, cultural and community facilities and underground parking for more than 600 vehicles.

The project also contains 26 city centre homes and a rooftop viewing area.

A number of appeals were subsequently made to An Bord Pleanála following the council’s decision.

“As we indicated when we received the correspondence from the State planning appeals board dated May 27, we have made our response in the timeframe they requested,” said a spokesperson for the consortium.

“In this comprehensive submission, we addressed each of the issues raised by the board and reiterated the sound arguments for the development in the centre of the south-east’s designated gateway city.”

According to the spokesperson, they are receiving “a lot of support from the wider community” in Waterford and interest remains strong among potential tenants in Ireland and overseas.

“We now look forward to a positive decision from An Bord Pleanála on the planning appeals.”

Irish Examiner


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