Here are some updates on some publicised developments for Waterford City. To keep in touch with these projects, and many more, see The Waterford News & Star every Tuesday.
You may hear some kango hammers going this week in the former TSB premises on Arundel Square. Management at Wetherspoons have informed the Waterford News & Star that this is related to preliminary work and inspections on the site and that construction works will not be starting until their bar/hotel in Dublin’s Camden Street is completed. Work has commenced in earnest on that so Wetherspoons Waterford is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2019.
Supermacs Cork Road
Supermacs were originally granted planning permission for a drive-thru restaurant at the Inner Ring Road (former Tile Market building) earlier this year. However, a significant condition of that planning permission was that the drive –thru element be omitted “in the interest of traffic safety”. In response to this, and because they say that the development “is not viable without a drive-thru element”, Supermacs have completely redesigned their plans “to ensure the drive-thru does not pose any issues for traffic safety”. They say they have achieved this by placing all the queueing lanes within the development at the furthest possible point from the entrance. This new planning application was made on July 30 and a decision is expected on October 7. A spokesperson from Supermacs told the Waterford News & Star that they were eager to start on the project but would not be making any additional comments until the planning decision was made.
Ballybeg Leisure & Training Village
The Ballybeg Leisure and Training Village, which was first announced by the Waterford News & Star earlier this year, is currently in pre-planning. The land has been acquired from Waterford City & County Council and the developers have been liaising with community groups and council representatives on the proposed elements of the Village, which includes a trampoline centre, driving test centres, zip lines, cafes, restaurants and more. Planning is expected to be submitted in October, with work to commence, pending planning approval, in early 2019. Fianna Fail Councillor Jason Murphy who convinced the developer to choose the Balluybeg site had another promising meeting with them this week and said that the project has actually “gotten bigger”.
“There is a large team behind this project now and the work that they have put into the plans, and how careful they have been with everything has been admirable,” Cllr Murphy said. “They are adamant that the HGV’s will be on site in early 2019, which I’m delighted about because it’s going to completely transform the area.”