Concerns as objection lodged against Arklow data centre

Wicklow Fianna Fáil Pat Casey TD has expressed concerns on the news that an appeal of planning permission has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala for a major data centre project to be located at Avoca River Park in Arklow.

“The 14 th of March was the deadline for any planning appeal to be lodged with An Bord Pleanala. I contacted APB and they have confirmed that one appeal has been lodged. This means that the planning permission must be reviewed by the Bord within the period of up to 18 weeks.

It is vital that this appeal is dealt with in a prompt manner as in my view this development is a perfect fit for the industrial site at IFI and a massive boost to the Arklow region. They know that Data Centres are classed as critical infrastructure so this appeal must be dealt within the time frame proposed.”
“This is the largest investment in industry in Wicklow in generations and I am determined that this project gets off the ground. The Data Centre alone is a game changer for the South Wicklow region but Echelon have exciting plans for this iconic site.”

“I have been working on this project with Crag Digital now Echelon for the past 17 months. The initial investment is over €500 million and will transform this brown field site into a major data centre with 100 mega watts of capacity in phase 1 which will in turn attract industries in the valuable
technology and software sectors”

“Apart from the 450 construction jobs that will be needed for the substantial redevelopment of the site, the data centre will in turn initially employ 90 high skilled jobs and will in the future become a hub for a business park which is the model that US data centres have evolved into. Tech companies
prefer to locate adjacent to these data centres and therefore the potential for not only Arklow but the South Wicklow region is very exciting.”

“This development by Echelon is the beginning of a new era of industrial development and jobs for Arklow and I am delighted to have been of assistance in getting this project to this crucial state. I will continue to work closely with this company, the IDA and Wicklow County Council to ensure that this project proceeds into construction. Wicklow based employment is one of my main priorities and I am determined to see this project benefit jobs and commercial activity not just in Arklow but the entire South Wicklow region.”

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