DevelopmentAn outlet centre consisting of 34 units that would generate 300 jobs during its construction phase and 200 full-time positions upon opening has been proposed for a 2.72 hectare site on Waterford’s Cork Road.
Waterford City Council received a planning application on July 16th from Junction One Investments Ltd to develop a site east of Ballybeg Drive, north of Meadowbank and south of the Cork Road.
The authority is due to deliver its verdict on the application on Thursday, September 9th, which also makes provision for 364 car parking spaces, four spaces for coaches and new access to the N25.
Were the project to be green-lit, the timing could hardly be better from an economic perspective given the recent controversy regarding the TK Maxx store at nearby Butlerstown.
However, given the tendency to ‘serial objection’ that persists among some Waterfordians, it would be a surprise if the project cleared its first hurdle without some form of formal opposition.
Of course, it’s worth noting that those with well-considered grounds for objection, be it local residents worried about the scale of the project or existing city retailers, may well have bona fide concerns they wish to air.
Those behind the project, based on what they have achieved at other destinations in both the Republic and Northern Ireland, believe it has the potential to “dovetail” with the new ‘Destination Waterford’ initiative.
According to Junction One director Martin Quinn: “We look forward to applying our experiences in Northern Ireland to Waterford in conjunction with Parker Green International who have a track record of delivering quality retail and lifestyle developments in Ireland and overseas.”
He continued: “The 34 stores at the Cork Road will accommodate recognisable brand names offering great value.
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