Ballina’s long wait for industrial development park

Planning permission for designated site ‘allowed to lapse’

Sligo News File

The Dail has heard that plans for a Ballina industrial park have been forgotten about for decades past.

Dara Calleary, TD, Ballina

Town-based Fianna Fail deputy Dara Calleary, who described himself as “a huge fan of IDA Ireland” complained that the project has been under way for almost 30 years “and we are really no further on.”

He said that even the planning permission for the long proposed development was allowed to lapse in recent years.

 Inviting the Minister “to come down to see the site,” he asked him if he would engage with the IDA “on potentially building an advanced solution on it, similar to what was built in Castlebar, which was essential to attracting the Meissner investment?”

Responding, junior minister at the Department of Trade and Enterprise, Robert Troy said the IDA owned approximately 10.6 ha of industrial zoned land on the town’s Sligo road which had been “master planned by the agency to demonstrate its potential to investors.”

He said the agency “has appointed an engineering firm to undertake detailed technical due diligence, review the master plan design and submit a stage one infrastructure planning application to Mayo County Council,” which it anticipated “will be ready for submission in the third quarter of 2021, subject to ongoing review.”

Adding that the agency will work with the county council “to ensure that the infrastructural development will be complementary to the wider development plans for Ballina, and that the site, once developed, “will be positioned and marketed as a suitable location for indigenous and foreign direct investment developments.”