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‘Tipperary Venue’ Gets Planning Permission Duration Extension

Model of proposed ‘Tipperary Venue’.

Tipperary Co Council has agreed to extend the duration time applicable to the planning permission previously granted for the €460m ‘Tipperary Venue’, latter a designed sport and leisure complex, initially planned for the village of Two-Mile-Borris, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Planning permission for this, as yet, undeveloped complex is held by Mr Richard Quirke, who made the application to extend the duration of the planning, citing Ireland’s serious economic past downturn as his reason why the proposed development had as yet not got off the ground.

A casino, which had been part of the original plan for the Two-Mile-Borris location, has been omitted.  Readers will remember that An Taisce representatives had informed an oral planning appeals hearing, that the proposed Tipperary Venue was, quote; “ill-conceived and warrants comprehensive refusal.

The Tipperary Venue plans had initially included a casino, a racecourse, a 500-roomed hotel, an 18-hole golf course, a greyhound track, a 15,000-seater entertainment venue, and parking for 6,000 cars. Other features included a sprint track, an all-weather floodlit track, an equestrian centre, some 31 retail outlets, helicopter facilities and a church.

A replica of the 1829 American White House as it stood then, was also to be built as a memorial to the Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny born Architect Mr James Hoban, (1758 to 1831) who designed the original Washington White House, now the official residence of the President of the United States and used as a home by every American President since John Adams; as indeed was a reproduction of Lafayette Park, latter an incubator of progressive architecture and regarded as one of the few historically stable urban renewal zones in the United States.

Tipperary Council planners has now agreed to extend the initial planning permission period to March of the year 2023.

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