Wednesday, November 23, 2022

It is hoped that works will get underway early next year to provide the new Industrial Development Agency (IDA) site on the Sligo Road in Ballina, with the necessary infrastructure and facilities to make it an attractive location for new business and industry.

An overheard shot of the IDA site on the Sligo Road in Ballina.

Minister of State, Dara Calleary, says Mayo County Council has granted planning permission for enabling works to be undertaken at the site.

Planning permission had expired on the site, without the IDA having made any progress on developing it.

Minister Calleary that the green light for enabling works to begin, is now a very welcome development.

“I have been meeting with IDA representatives on a regular basis and I am delighted the Local Authority has now approved plans for stage one works to include the construction of a new access junction onto the N59 including the provision of road markings to facilitate a right turn ghost junction, an internal road of 340 metres length of 7 metres wide carriageway, internal junctions, verges, footpaths, site services and all associated works within the 8.66 hectare site,” Mr Calleary said.

The development will be complementary to the wider development plans for Ballina and the site, once developed, will be positioned and marketed as a suitable location for indigenous and foreign direct investment developments.

“Most weeks I am contacted by business owners seeking industrial space within the Ballina area. There is an obvious need and requirement for this development and I am satisfied that the IDA is committed to constructing the park and marketing it appropriately.

“In respect of the planning permission itself, I am pleased that local concerns are being addressed and that air/dust management plans will be developed as part of an overall Environmental Management Plan for the development, that noise levels will be kept to a minimum, and a detailed masterplan shall consider biodiversity enhancement measures and smarter transport options.

“I look forward now to continuing to work with the IDA and Mayo County Council to deliver this project for the region,” he concluded.

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