Saturday 19 July 2008

Bray town centre receives planning permission

Approval has been granted for a €2 billion residential, retail and leisure complex in Bray, Co Wicklow.

The Bray Town Centre development will include offices, shops, schools, restaurants and a hotel with a bridge link to the proposed Luas extension.

The scheme will provide jobs for around 2,500 people.

An Bord Pleanala rejected the application last year over traffic concerns and because the town’s flood defence scheme was not completed.

Since then Bray Town Council has produced a flood defence plan and Pizarro Developments has lodged a fresh application with revised road proposals and plans for two new schools.

Pizarro project manager Mary Bermingham said the development would not only boost the town but bring in €60 million in wages annually for the area.

Building on the development, which will be located on the old Bray golf club, is expected to start next year.

It will include over 100 shops, 326 apartments, a 103 bedroom hotel, restaurants and cafes and an eight-screen cinema.

There will be a seafront residential neighbourhood with open space, a GAA pitch and a new primary and secondary school.

Bray Chamber of Commerce welcomed the decision.

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