CLARE County Council will launch its first ever standalone town plan for Shannon today, which includes the zoning of a 2,000-acre landbank for aviation-related business and activities.
The launch of the Shannon Town and Environs Local Area Plan 2012-2018 coincides with the impending separation of Shannon Airport from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). When finally cut free from the DAA, Shannon Airport will merge with a restructured Shannon Development to form a new, publicly-owned, commercial entity in mid-2013.
It has been estimated that between 3,000 and 3,500 new direct jobs will be created over the next five years as a direct result of the separation.
Clare county manager Tom Coughlan said: "This new plan further underlines the council's long-standing vision for the development and expansion of Shannon Airport."
Shannon town councillor, and former mayor of Clare, expressed concern about the proposal. Patricia McCarthy said she was "concerned about what this landbank is made up of. I'm not aware of any landbank in Shannon of the scale being proposed".