Planning permission granted for €380m iconic Water Haven riverside development in Waterford

Planning permission has been granted by An Bord Planala for the €380m Water Haven mixed use urban quarter on the 13-acre site of a former iron foundry beside the River Suir at Bilberry in the city. An Bord Pleanala did omit three blocks form the original planning permission but did specifically say that the refused elements can be the subject of a revised planning application.

This project will create 400 jobs during construction and a similar number on completion. The residential component of the entire development has been specifically designed to ensure a wide mix of occupancy with the 420 apartments suited to families as well as couples, sharers and sole occupants. There will also be secure play areas for children in the development which applies sustainable development principles throughout.

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William Bolster of the Bolster Group said he was delighted to have received planning permission from the Board and feels in the current economic climate it is a massive boost to Waterford. William Bolster is also very pleased with the mix of residential, office and leisure that Water Haven provide as it takes advantage of the great riverside location and the site's proximity to the city centre which is within comfortable walking distance. There are also opportunities to develop art galleries and appropriate retail, educational and ecclesiastical facilities in this urban quarter. Water Haven also enhances the prospect of having access to/from Kilmeaden by light rail allowing Water Haven to relate to Waterford Institute of Technology's West Campus which is just along the river at Carriganore and to the gardens at Mount Congreve."