North Quay Decision deferred until July

The CEO of Waterford City & County Council has expressed frustration after An Bord Pleánala deferred a decision on the North Quays redevelopment to July.
However Michael Walsh went on to say that the planning board is currently not holding up any part of the project. Decisions are due on both the North Quays Planning Scheme and the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for lands associated with the North Quays.
Speaking at last Thursday’s Plenary sitting of Waterford City and County Council, Mr Walsh said the local authority has been awaiting confirmation for at least a year. “That’s not satisfactory in the least,” he added.
Mr Walsh also confirmed a report in last week’s edition of The Munster Express that draft contracts had been agreed and were waiting to be signed. “It’s a logistical issue for getting them signed, once the people are in the right place if you know what I mean,” he said.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr John Cummins (FG) questioned whether An Bord Pleánala is combining its deliberations on both the planning scheme and the CPO. “There is no basis in law for them to do so,” he told the chamber.

The CEO agreed with the Waterford City South representative that there would be no legal basis if the board combined the separate schemes, but wasn’t sure what could be done. “Is there a conflation of the two? I’m not sure. We certainly incline towards the same view, but we’ve no control of it is the reality.”
Mr Walsh does not believe WCCC could challenge the An Bord Pleánala even if it wanted to, but did warn the delay could cause issues in the future.
One of the steps in the process that is coming along is the demolition of the dilapidated Hennebique building on the North Quay. The historic building is expected to come down in the coming weeks according to Mr Walsh. “The contractor is being commissioned currently to come back on site…The instruction has been issued to the consultants and it is just a matter of them mobilising to come back on site,” he said.

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