‘Tipperary
Venue’ Decision Delayed

A DECISION on whether to give the go-ahead to the proposed ‘Tipperary Venue’, has been delayed for at least two weeks due to the complexity of the proposals, it was announced this Tuesday.

A DECISION on whether to give the go-ahead to the proposed ‘Tipperary Venue’, has been delayed for at least two weeks due to the complexity of the proposals, it was announced this Tuesday.

A spokesperson for An Bord Pleanala told the Tipperary Star that the board will have to meet at least twice to consider the massive application, understood to be the largest ever sports and leisure complex planned for anywhere in Europe.

The E460m “mixed use leisure campus” featuring a hotel, casino, race course, shops and a concert venue, proposed for townlands near Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, could employ thousands of local people both full-time, and during construction.

“The Board has committed to another two weeks consideration of the case,” said the spokesperson. Although the Inspector’s report has been received, the Board needs further time to deliberate the matter, he said.

The application was the largest of its kind ever to be received by the North Tipperary County Council, and was later the subject of three-day Oral Hearing in the Anner Hotel in Thurles, in early March.

A variety of factors has led to the delay, added the spokesperson. “With a case of this size, it’s entirely normal for it to take more than one board meeting, to go through all of the issues. It’ not unusual to take three or four meetings.”

The letter sent by An Bord Pleanala to the Planning Section of North Tipperary County Council states: “I have been asked by the Board to refer to the above mentioned appeal, and, in particular, to the Board’s notice to you... in which it was indicated that the Board intended to determine this appeal before May 28th, 2011.

“I regret to inform you that, the Board will not now be in a position to determine the appeal before that date. An Inspector’s report has been received and the appeal is currently being considered by the Board, however, the Board considers that it needs further time to deliberate the matter. The Board expects that it will have completed its consideration of the case within two weeks.”