Sunday 8 December 2019

Trinity Wharf plans go to An Bord Pleanála

An artist’s impression of the plan for Trinity Wharf
An artist’s impression of the plan for Trinity Wharf

Pádraig Byrne

Further details on Wexford County Council's ambitious Trinity Wharf project emerged this week as approval is being sought from An Bord Pleanála.

Back in December, a grant of just over €2 million was announced for the infrastructure stage of the project, which will be set on 5.5Ha and comprises of both land and marine areas. The funding came from the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund under Project Ireland 2040 and along with 25% matched funding from the council, will provide a total of €2.9 million for the redevelopment of what is the old Wexford Electronix site off Trinity Street.

Further detail on the project has now been provided via the notice of proposal under the planning and development act. The development is set to feature some large buildings, such as a six-storey, 120 bedroom hotel; a six-storey multi-storey car park with parking provided for 462 cars and a five-storey residential building consisting of 58 one and two bedroom apartments.

Three five-storey office buildings are included in the proposed plans, along with a two-storey cultural/performance centre with a capacity for up to 400 people, a two-storey mixed-use restaurant/café/specialist retail building and a single-storey management building with associated landscaping works.

The project also allows for the widening of Trinity Street and a new entrance road into Trinity Wharf with a new railway level crossing included.

A new sea wall will also be built around the site with rock armour.

Summers on the seafront look set to improve with the creation of a new public plaza with 1,000m2 of open performance and events space.

Cyclists will also be accommodated with a total of 146 bicycle parking spaces created, along with a pedestrian/cycle board-walk or bridge of some 187m in length that will connect with Paul Quay.

Finally, the development will also cater for a 64 berth floating boom marina in Wexford Harbour.

The application for approval, including the plans and particulars of the proposed development, the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR), Natura Impact Assessment (NIS) and supporting documents, will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála and are available for inspection from Friday, February 15 and all observations and submissions will be taken into account.

Wexford People

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