Green light for 45 new apartments on site of derelict Waterford pub closed for 10 years
A pub in Ballybeg that has fallen into ruin since it was destroyed in a blaze almost a decade ago is finally going to be demolished and replaced with much needed new housing.
The decision was made by An Bord Pleanála to allow the 45 apartment and commercial space development go ahead after considering an objection to the planning permission granted by Waterford City and County Council earlier this year.
In January, the local authority granted Dalira Ltd permission to demolish the existing building and construct new housing and a retail development at the site of Ryan’s bar in the centre of Ballybeg.
The pub was destroyed by fire nine years ago and the site has since become an eyesore and a magnet for anti-social behaviour over the years.
Waterford Council initially gave the go ahead to demolish the building and replace it with badly needed new housing.
The Brill Family Resource Centre, formerly Ballybeg Community Development Project who are located in the heart of the community made a submission, originally to Waterford City and County Council planners and then to An Bord Pleanála, objecting to the development looking for lower density housing to be built instead.
After considering the objection, An Bord Pleanála decided to uphold the council’s decision and granted permission for the project.
The new development will see the creation of 390 square metres of retail space, as well as 25 two-bed apartments, 14 one-bed apartments and six studio apartments.