Local developers Tom and Pat Redmond had applied for the €50 million development at Ballyloughan at the beginning of June. The permission granted includes wholesale units, a builders merchants, an office building and light industrial units.
A further application has since been made for further development at the site. It is hoped that the park will provide a much needed jobs boost to the local area, and will help attract new industry to invest in the town.
This is the first phase of the proposed development, and will sit on just ten acres of the fifty acre site, which fronts onto the Gorey bypass.
The goahead was given for 18 wholesale units, totalling approx 4,836 sq.m. (twelve measuring 250 sq.m. and six measuring 306 sq.m. incorporating 56 sq.m. mezzanine); a builders merchants measuring approx 3,130 sq.m.; a three storey office building measuring approx 1,233 sq.m.; and 6 light industrial units totalling approx 3,070 sq.m. (two measuring 501 sq.m. and four measuring 517 sq.m.; as well as 331 carparking spaces, and internal access roads.
Permission was also granted to make alterations to the previously approved two vehicular entrances, and to construct a new third vehicular entrance, and to make alterations to the previously approved fully serviced access road.
The Redmond brothers said in June that they hoped to start work on site once it was possible to do so.
The Craanford builders have built up a fine reputation in the construction industry, and have been responsible for the building of two successful hotels in Gorey: The Ashdown Park Hotel and the Amber Springs Hotel, as well as other housing and commercial developments.
The plans were shown to a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Trade and Employment when it visited the town recently, and those present appeared to be impressed with the proposals for job creation. Mayor Bernard Crosbie welcomed the news that permission had been granted for the first phase of the development.
‘Hopefully it will lead to sustainable jobs for the town,’ he said. ‘I want to congratulate the Redmond brothers on their achievements for the town, including their hotels and other buildings. This is a new area for them and I wish them well.’