Business Park developments could boost Monaghan jobs says councillor

19 November 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Senior planning officials who attended Monday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council heard a strong appeal from Fine Gael councillor Tommy Hagan for favourable consideration to be extended to proposed developments at the Monaghan Business Park on the outskirts of the town.

Colr Hagan referred to the renewed planning application from the major retail concern Aldi in respect of the location, and to proposals that were being advanced to establish a leisure facility complex in the area.

Monaghan Co Council’s Senior Planner Adrian Hughes and Senior Executive Planner Toirleach Gourley were present at the meeting to outline revised procedures for the taking in charge by the Council of private housing developments.

During discussion on this matter, Colr Hagan raised the issue of Aldi and the development of the Monaghan business park, describing Monaghan Town as “dying a death” commercially at the present time.

He argued that if major developments were facilitated in this location, it would attract people to the town and create badly needed employment.  More leisure facilities would also keep young people off the streets.  Colr Hagan urged the Co Council officials to give the planning applications made in respect of this area the go-ahead.

Mr Hughes responded that there was currently a live planning application in relation to this matter.  The Co Council had requested additional information and were awaiting that from the developer.  When this came in, they had to decide upon the application within four weeks.  He did not wish to comment in detail on the issue because it could prejudice the application.

Town Manager David Fallon concurred that there was a live application being dealt with by the Co Council at present.  “I cannot discuss the matter at a forum like this because it could be seen to prejudice the application,” he stated.

Thanking the officials for their comments, Council Cathaoirleach Robbie Gallagher said that any prospect of additional job creation was important in the present economic climate.  If it was possible to bring these facilities to their town, he hoped that everything would be done to achieve that.

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