Stagg Disappointed at Appeal of Planning Granted to Intel

30 May 2017

Kildare North Labour Representative Emmet Stagg has expressed his disappointment that two Third Party Appeals have been lodged with An Bord Pleanala against the decision by Kildare Co. Council on Tuesday May 2nd to grant planning permission to Intel for their Modified New Chip Manufacturing Facility at its Headquarters in Leixlip.

Mr. Stagg stated that he would study both appeals lodged and would be submitting observations to An Bord Pleanala in support of the Council’s original decision to grant planning permission.

Mr. Stagg stated that the development proposed comprises revised design of a previously permitted Manufacturing Facility and utility support buildings to ensure that the Intel Site has the capacity to manufacture the latest Semicondutor Technology in its bid to secure an estimated $4 Billion new Chip Manufacturing facility at Leixlip. Intel’s corporate parent has yet to decide to proceed with the proposed new plant and Intel in Leixlip are competing with other locations, most notably Israel to land the investment.

Mr. Stagg stated that the need for the revised planning permission stemmed from a change in the standard design of Intel’s manufacturing plants, known as Fabs. The permission granted on May 2nd is for a smaller facility than for the one which received planning permission in 2013. That permission was also appealed to An Bord Pleanala and the Bord granted permission.

Kildare North Labour Representative Emmet Stagg stated that it was critical that An Bord Pleanala rejected the appeals and confirmed the permission granted by Kildare Co. Council to reinforce Intel Leixlip as a Centre of World Excellence in the Knowledge Based economy.

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