The 450 million Euro Tipperary Venue project proposed for the Two-Mile-Borris area, just outside Thurles will be the subject of an oral hearing, The Tipperary Star can reveal. The news has been welcomed by Independent Deputy Michael Lowry who says that it is a positive step forward for the unique proposal.
The highly ambitious project which contains a racecourse, greyhound stadium, comprehensive five star hotel, theatre and concert venue, and a replica of the White House, is the brainchild of local man Mr Richard Quirke. And, Mr Quirke has already ploughed substantial resources into the project which received the go ahead from North Tipperary County Council after a year of scrutiny and examination on the part of the planning authority.
However, An Taisce and three other objectors appealed to An Bord Pleanala and the Bord has now agreed to hold an oral hearing, probably in the Horse and Jockey Inn within the next six weeks.
Deputy Lowry said he welcomed this decision, which will provide for a quick efficient process to deal with the appeal. An Bord Pleanala will appoint an Inspector and it is expected that the appeal hearing will last for 2 to 3 days. The objectors will have the opportunity to outline in public their concerns and make supporting arguments for their case to stop the development. The project promoters will also have the opportunity to put forward reasons as to the strength and validity of the development.
On conclusion of the hearing the Inspector prepares a report and recommendation which will be put to the full membership of An Bord Pleanala for decision. It is expected that there will be a conclusive and final decision in June.
Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.