Offaly County Council to seek planning for 'advanced technology development'

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Offaly County Council to seek planning for 'advanced technology development'

Offaly County Council to seek planning for 'advanced technology development'

Working in conjunction with the IDA, Offaly County Council plans to apply for planning permission for a large advanced technology building at the Sragh Business Park in Tullamore. 

OCC will seek permission for what's described as a "landing space" for businesses in the tech sector. The plan was revealed at the April meeting of the council on Monday, April 15.

Director of Services, Tom Shanahan explained, "The council will seek planning on the site to make it more attractive for potential investors. We won't actually build anything but will go through the process to increase the appeal and show potential investors that the site is ready to go."

He insisted that discussions with the IDA revealed this as "a model that works" at inducing investment. 

Chief Executive Anna Marie Delaney said: "We are seeking to add value to what we have already at that site."

She said OCC management has been working with the IDA on a variety of projects, including the production of marketing material aimed at increasing the profile of Offaly as a foreign direct investment hub. 

A number of councillors, including Cllr Dervill Dolan welcomed the development and said that while the IDA had "come in for considerable criticism in this chamber over the years, it's great to see work like this taking place."

It's expected that the planning bid will be progressed in the coming months.