by Majella Loftus
A Ballinrobe manufacturing firm has been granted permission for a new storage area on its site.
McHale Engineering, Creagh Demesne, Ballinrobe applied to Mayo County Council for permission for an extension and alterations to an existing light industrial manufacturing facility. The factory produces a range of farm machinery for use in the domestic agricultural sector which is also exported internationally. They are one of the largest employers in the mid-West region and are of vital importance to Ballinrobe and the surrounding areas.
Patrick J. Newell Consultant Engineers, on behalf of the applicants, stated that McHale Manufacturing facility is located on a nine-hectare site with 29,000 m2 of factory floor space. The factory was constructed in 1998 with a significant extension constructed in 2013. The new extension will form a vital storage area for raw materials and partially fabricated parts during the manufacturing process. These materials and parts are currently stored at various locations throughout the factory.
The proposal will not increase manufacturing capacity but will streamline the manufacturing process and increase efficiency. Its location was chosen as it is relatively close to the area where the materials stored therein will be required. The external area of the site is underutilised and not readily visible from the N84 Castlebar road, which adjoins the front of the site. The location of the extension is to the rear of the existing industrial building and will not impact on residential or visual amenity.
Planning inspector Catherina Lindsay granted permission on the grounds there were three other applications granted previously for extensions to the site, it would have significant regional importance, and given the nature of the business and she considered it was acceptable at this location.
The application was granted subject to ten conditions which include contributions totalling €10,700 under Mayo County Council’s Development Contribution Scheme.