Youghal Chamber of Tourism and Development says it’s ‘bitterly disappointed’ by An Bord Pleanala’s decision

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AT the monthly Board Meeting of the Youghal Chamber of Tourism and Development, the Board members were bitterly disappointed with the recent decision by An Bord Pleanala to refuse planning permission for the redevelopment of the former Seafield Technical Textiles Factory in the Stand Area of the town. The redevelopment would have included the much anticipated Aldi Foodstore along with modern offices and other community facilities. In recent years, considerable investment has been put into this area of the town, including the Aura Leisure Centre, Youghal Greyhound Track and Perks Amusement Centre. The former factory is a huge eyesore at the entrance to the town and every effort must be made to help Seafield Partnership develop the site in the near future.

The former Seafield Technical Textiles Factory with Youghal Greyhound Track and Aura Leisure Centre in the background

The former Seafield Technical Textiles Factory at the western end of town with Youghal Greyhound Track, Aura Leisure Centre and Perks Amusement Centre in the background

The former Seafield Technical Textiles Factory

Inside the former Seafield Technical Textiles Factory

The former Seafield Technical Textiles Factory

Inside the former Seafield Technical Textiles Factory

The former factory was used as a backdrop for the filming of a music video recorded by Claycastle Recording Studios, Youghal.

The former factory’s post-industrial interior was used as a backdrop for the filming of a music video recorded by Claycastle Recording Studios, Youghal. See Video Below.

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2 Comments

  1. What a bitter disappointment to the town , another development kicked
    Into touch , First Dunnes stores and now aldi.

    Fair play to Liam Ryan with his comments in youghal news this
    Week , but is it too late for our town …. Hope not

  2. http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/239959.htm

    I strongly believe that An Bord Pleanala made the correct decision. Development of that scale is required IN the town centre and not at it’s periphery.

    I question the economic benefit of another out of town multinational super market to Youghal. where will the profits of an Aldi or Drive thru Restaurant go?

    There is better opportunity to use the site and existing buildings for the economic benefit of the town, notwithstanding the current ownership of the building, we should perhaps be encouraging some start up industries high tech, craft, or other into it’s vast open (undeniably dilapidated & beautiful) spaces, perhaps market it as a film studio even!

    We have to think outside the box here.