Monday, September 09, 2019

Mayo County Council has adopted a Planning Scheme for a new Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) at Ireland West Airport Knock.

The scheme drawn up by council staff was accepted by councillors at this afternoon’s monthly meeting of the local authority.

The purpose of the planning scheme is to set out an overall vision and set of guiding principles for the SDZ area. It will serve as a design framework for the future development of the lands in and around Ireland West Airport Knock.

Strategic Development Zones were established in 2000 to enable Government to designate certain parcels of land that are considered of strategic national importance, to be fast-tracked through the planning process. Ireland West Airport Knock received approval for the designation of lands for the establishment of an SDZ by order of the government in May 2017.

The proposed SDZ will provide for a new business and enterprise hub. This will be in the form of a campus aiming to cultivate and establish new business and innovative industries that harnesses the benefits of living and doing business in the West of Ireland. There will be an emphasis on those requiring a link to the airport.  It will facilitate hotel and conference facilities that complement the business climate of the airport location.

The SDZ Scheme, if built out to full capacity, could deliver 95,025sq.m of Commercial, Business & Enterprise space, 44,000sq.m of Aviation Economic Development & Services, and 11,000sq.m of Hotel Accommodation & Conference floorspace. It will have the potential to deliver future employment capacity of almost 4,200 persons.

“This is a major step not just for the county but for the whole Atlantic Economic Corridor,” CEO of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes told today’s meeting.



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