By Noel Dundon
An Bord Pleanala’s oral hearing into the proposed 460million Euro Tipperary Venue got underway at the Horse and Jockey Inn yesterday (Tuesday) and is expected to last until the end of the week with four main third party submissions appearing in opposition.
Inspector Pauline Fitzpatrick is conducting the hearing into the 800 acre site proposal by local man Mr Richard Quirke which includes a 500 bedroom five star hotel, a 15,000 seater entertainment venue, golf course, racetrack, greyhound stadium, replica of the White House, a controversial casino – the first of it’s kind in Ireland - and substantial redevelopment of the local hinterland. It is anticipated that 1,000 jobs would be created at construction stage of the development with a further 1,350 jobs upon completion.
The project, which was the subject of a major planning application process- one of the largest ever in the county - has already been given the green light by North Tipperary County Council with 63 conditions attached. However, appeals to An Bord Pleanala on the decision, resulted in the oral hearing which has been the subject of considerable local and national interest.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.