Plans For Thurles Erin Foods Site Formally Confirmed

Go Ahead Granted For Erin Food Site Development.

Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry has confirmed that the time period to appeal against Tipperary County Council’s decision to the granting of planning on the former Erin Foods Site, for a new Retail Outlet, has now closed without objection. Planning is therefore formally confirmed by An Board Pleanala for this site, together with a 60,000 sq.ft. ‘Business and Innovation Centre’.

Lidl’s New Retail Outlet

Lidl, latter who had submitted the planning application last December, will now immediately commence the demolition phase of their initial proposal, which will involve a 10-12 week program. This will be followed by construction in the coming months.

Business and Innovation Centre

Mr Lowry, speaking to Thurles.Info today, welcomed the news, which he stated “Heralded a bright and progressive future for the town. This investment and state of the art development will generate jobs, wealth and create a massive boost to the local economy.”

He further added, “The Erin Foods site project will also facilitate the future development of the town providing the first phase of the long-awaited Thurles Inner Relief road, which will link Slievenamon Road to the Mill Road. This link road will afford the opportunity to access lands for commercial and residential development while also facilitating the proposed future expansion of Mary Immaculate College. (Note: latter formally St. Patricks College).

New accommodation and facilities in Thurles to attract business and Industry

Deputy Lowry also confirmed to Thurles.Info that Tipperary County Council have reached agreement, exchanged contracts and are about to close on the purchase of land in excess of 20 acres at Clongour, Thurles for a Business Development Campus.

These lands will be then be serviced with sewerage, water, telecommunications and road infrastructure. The lands will be developed by Tipperary County Council, as serviced sites and available for marketing by the Council, Enterprise Ireland and I.D.A.

Thurles had lost out on inward investment because it did not have accommodation and facilities to attract business and Industry.

The combination of these projects should now have a formative impact on the economy of Thurles. It will create opportunities to attract business / enterprise and during the process deliver much needed jobs and economic regeneration within the town.

After a period of stagnation these developments should now herald a new bright beginning and positive future for Thurles.

“We can now look forward with optimism and with greater confidence in the future of Thurles”, the Deputy concluded.


1 comment to Plans For Thurles Erin Foods Site Formally Confirmed

  • Chris C

    Fair play to Tipperary County Council, although we can forget about IDA/Enterprise Ireland doing anything to promote this.

    People of Thurles are forgetting that Shannon Group (formerly Shannon Development) have 60 acre landbank nearby in Archerstown that up until 2009, was touted as replacement for the recently closed BNC, Erin Foods, Moulinex, etc.

    The only reason we lacked accommodation and facilities is because they were sold off (Stradavoher industrial estate) or rented out to the Department of Social Protection, when they were caught lying through their teeth about the Revenue moving to Cashel.

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