Wednesday 18 August 2010

Approval for 200m Arklow development welcomed

An Bord Pleanála's decision to approve plans for a €200 million commercial development in Arklow has been welcomed in the Co Wicklow town, writes Mark Kennedy .

Objections had stalled developer Graham Quinn's plans for shops, offices, 100 apartments, a 77-bed hotel and an open amphitheatre in the town centre for more than four years.

One of the grounds for objection was that the development could interfere with the habitat of bats in the ruins of Ormonde Castle. Councillor Nicky Kelly said: "This development is badly needed in Arklow where the town centre has suffered much commercial devastation over recent years."

Irish Times

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