Appeal withdrawal clears way for former Dell site

Work should be clear to proceed on a redevelopment of the Dell computer plant in Limerick into a €300 million medical manufacturing facility after withdrawal of an appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

An Taisce had raised issues with the grant of permission earlier this year by Limerick County Council for the plans of Regeneron Ireland. The firm applied before Christmas to change the use of the former Dell factory in Raheen Business Park, and to add almost 24,000 square metres to the existing 40,000 sq m floor area.

The plan is to also include a 4,400 sq m three-storey lab building and various other ancillary utility buildings on the 30-acre site.

* An Aldi store for the Cork suburb of Bishopstown has been approved by Cork City Council after considering further information from the applicants.

More than a dozen submissions were made to planners about the application last September to build the supermarket on the site currently occupied by a Topaz service station and a motor sales outlet. The location near Cork University Hospital raised local concerns about traffic, and a condition of the grant of permission is that there will be left-only entrance to and exit from the site off Bishopstown Road and near the Wilton Shopping Centre.

* The recent approval of an extension to a pub and restaurant in another of Cork’s southside suburbs has been referred to the appeals board. In February, Cork City Council gave permission for the changes proposed in early 2013 for the Silver Key in Ballinlough.

The extension and alteration plans by Tony Campion must now wait until July for a final decision, after An Bord Pleanála received two third-party appeals last month against the local authority decision.

* A development of more than 100 houses and apartments near Leopardstown racecourse in Dublin 18 has also been the subject of appeals to An Bord Pleanála.

In June 2013, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council received the application from Castlethorn Construction for permission to build 104 dwellings. The plan related to a 13-acre site on Brighton Road in Foxrock and permission was granted, subject to conditions, just over a month ago. However, with three third parties having lodged appeals, the case is not now to be finally decided until late July.

* Cork County Council has received a request for permission to develop a museum on the visitor attraction Garinish Island in west Cork.

The island, accessed by boat from Glengarriff, is the location of a cottage where the Commissioner of Public Works is proposing the development. In its application to the council, it is seeking to change the use of an existing cottage to museum.

The plan is to demolish a block shed and build a single-storey extension to the existing two-storey 1940s building.

* The approval of the same local authority last month for a library and extension to a supermarket in Glanmire has been appealed.

The matter relates to the proposal of last year by Glanmire Supermarkets Ltd for the Ryan’s SuperValu at the Crestfield Shopping Centre.

It is planned to change the use at ground floor level of an attached retail unit to a public library and retail area, with first floor offices at first floor level to be changed to a retail display area.

It may now be the end of July before the case is decided after An Bord Pleanála received a third-party appeal relating to the council decision.

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