There was big disappointment in Waterford city and county council circles at the decision by An Bord Pleanala to defer a decision on the granting of planning permission to a major commercial development in the Michael Street area of Waterford. The multi-million pound development was set to rejuvenate this part of the city which has a large derelict appearance in the middle of its location. The decision was appealed to An Board Pleanala when Waterford City and County Council granted planning permission subject to conditions.
Former Mayor of Waterford Cllr. John Cummins has said he is very disappointed that An Bord Pleanala have deferred a decision on a major retail development in the heart of Waterford City until 28th February.
Cllr. Cummins who has championed the development of the 10,000 square meters retail complex which will support 250 jobs during construction and 480 jobs on opening said:
“The continued uncertainty around the development of this derelict site in the centre of our city is very disappointing. Unfortunately when this planning application was appealed to An Bord Pleanala I said it would take approximately six months before a decision would be made and considering it got approval from Waterford City and County Council subject to conditions in late August, it is certainly going to take that amount of time. In reality there is no guarantee that this decision will not be deferred again which is very damaging to the project as a whole”.
Cllr. Cummins concluded by saying
“I am deeply concerned that the viability of this critical development is being put in jeopardy by this continued delay. While there were investors interested in this project five months ago, there is no guarantee that they will still be there when the development gets the green light, if it even gets it at all.
“I hope An Bord Pleanala will expedite their decision and allow Waterford City to grow and expand its retail offer.”