APPLE’S NEW DATA centre slated for construction in Co Galway has been granted approval by An Bord Pleanála.
The €850 million installation was announced in early 2015 for Athenry, near Galway City.
The planning board released its decision regarding the application this morning, with approval being granted subject to “revised conditions”.
Those revised conditions mostly relate to the construction’s impact on the environment and its effect on “sustainable transport and the orderly development of the area”.
The 24,500 sq m centre will join a similar installation being constructed in Jutland, Denmark, as the first such facilities constructed by the tech giant outside the US.
It was granted planning approval by Galway County Council in September 2015 – however that plan elicited a number of complaints from locals to the planning authority.
Following this morning’s decision, construction is now expected to begin before the end of the year.
The data centre will be built on a Coillte-owned greenfield site at Derrydonnell. According to IDA Ireland, the two state agencies worked together “on providing a property solution to secure the Apple investment”.
The IDA believes that up to 300 jobs will be created throughout the multiple phases of the project.
Written by Cianan Brennan and posted on TheJournal.ie