High profile planning activist objects to $4bn Intel plan

Kildare County Council is due to make a decision on the Intel application before the end of this month

Intel has sought 10-year planning permission for an extended and revised manufacturing fabrication facility at its Leixlip plant in Co Kildare

Intel has sought 10-year planning permission for an extended and revised manufacturing fabrication facility at its Leixlip plant in Co Kildare

 

Environmental activist Peter Sweetman has lodged an objection with Kildare County to Intel’s planned new $4 billion (€3.53bn) fabrication manufacturing facility at its Leixlip plant.

Intel has sought 10-year planning permission for an extended and revised manufacturing fabrication facility. The company received permission in 2016 for the first $4 billion phase of the facility.

In a submission Mr Sweetman argues approval for the plan cannot proceed without specific details of the grid connection to serve the new facility. He cites a High Court judgment to support his argument.

Kildare County Council is due to make a decision on the Intel application before the end of this month.

The plan is already facing opposition from local farmer Thomas Reid of Blakestown, Carton, Maynooth.

Mr Sweetman most recently objected to a new €40 million expansion at the Trump golf resort in Co Clare. Last year he challenged the resort’s planned sea defence plan before the High Court.

Also last year Mr Sweetman mounted a High Court challenge to the granting of permission for Amazon’s plan for a €100 million data centre at Cruiserath, Blanchardstown, Dublin.