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Friday 18 April 2014

Planning delay hits council's €18m HQ

CONTROVERSIAL plans for an €18m council headquarters have been put on hold after the development was referred to An Bord Pleanala by concerned local businesses.

Plans for the new civic building in Roscommon town for the county council were given the green light by the local authority last October.

Several councillors and businesses opposed the decision, claiming that such a spend was unwarranted in the current economic climate.

The plans were due to go to tender last month but have now been delayed after a new group opposed to the proposal, Concerned Roscommon Businesses, lodged a request with An Bord Pleanala for a full environmental impact study.

The group said that it had concerns over the location, cost and scale of the project.

However, Roscommon mayor Tom Crosby said the council was "confident" that a full environmental assessment of the proposal had already been completed.

Roscommon County Council confirmed that all plans were on hold until An Bord Pleanala gives its decision in February.

Irish Independent

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