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Thurles Hibernian Meats Plant Set For Major Development

Hibernian Meats Site

Yeagher Ltd have been given clearance to build a major shopping, office, and housing complex on the site of the old Hibernian Meats plant at Wrensborough Town-land, Dublin Road in Thurles.

An Bord Pleanala have given its blessing for a ‘Mixed-use Neighbourhood Centre’, made up of thirteen two-storey dwelling houses (two semi detached, two terraces of three and one terrace of five), with associated landscaping which includes road access, internal roads and car parking, hard and soft landscaping, perimeter boundary improvements; surface water and foul drainage connections, water supply, piped and cabled services ducting; and a ESB sub-station.

Planning  also includes one building which will consist of a ground floor family restaurant to include a takeaway and drive-through facilities. The plans also envisage a play centre for children and early teenagers at ground, first and second floor level.

The plans for a second building entail neighbourhood convenience shops, other compatible retail shops and an associated service yard and loading area, including a ramp, a ground floor office unit, and a first floor office unit.

Project will also include a third building with a three-level “Wellness Centre”, consisting of a ground floor reception and consulting area, stairwell, service accommodation; first floor consulting room and physiotherapy suite, second floor gymnasium, and staff facilities.

A fourth building will contain a two-storey “own door” office and work units with service yard and car parking, with landscaped open space and amenity area for residential complement.

This decision overrules a previous decision by North Tipperary County Council on October 27th last year that had rejected the plans on the grounds that the layout was “inappropriate”, and incompatible with the planning objectives for the area.

This overall development will involve the demolition and removal of existing front walls, industrial buildings and all associated structures known formally as the ‘Hibernian Meats Plant’.

While this development is welcomed, there appears to be no solution to the present traffic problems experienced by daily commuters on this stretch of road, which is now forcing residents on the east side of Thurles to shop in Cashel.

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