The CEO of Waterford city and county council Michael Walsh has described the withdrawal of objections to the North Quays development as ‘a major step’.
Two valid objections to the North Quays development have now been withdrawn – one yesterday and one at the 11th hour this morning.
An Bord Pleanála had been due to hold a public meeting into the matter beginning at 9.30am at Treacy’s hotel this morning.
However, yesterday Pat Moran from Cheekpoint withdrew his objection; Mr Moran had been concerned about access for cruise ships to the city.
This morning just before the An Bord Pleanála hearing was due to begin, the second objector entered discussions with the authorities.
Eddie Lynch who owns the Top Petrol Station in Ferrybank said he was in favour of the development but his objection related to the compulsory purchase of his property.
At 10.30am Inspector Hugh Mannion from An Bord Pleanála told those assembled for the hearing that with both objections withdrawn, there was nothing for the body to determine and the North Quays project can continue as planned.
Reacting following the decision Council CEO Michael Walsh said he was delighted:
“I think the messaging is really positive. Certainty is what everyone wants, particularly investors investing great sums.”
Mr Walsh said planning permission is now expected in September/October with a start on site at the end of Quarter 1 2019.
Listen to Michael’s interview on Deise Today below: