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Osberstown Steel Processing Facility and Office Development, Osberstown, Naas, Co. Kildare

Client: Sherling and Sons Limited

 Planning Permission Secured: February 2011

Project Description: Planning permission obtained for the development of a green-field site of c.12.45 hectares (30.76 acres) at Osberstown, Naas, Co. Kildare for an industrial and office development comprising a total gross floor area in the order of 34,710 sq. m. The development comprises eight industrial units which will be used for the manufacturing, processing and storage of steel products, and an office building, which includes a crèche, a café, a gym and a retail unit.

 Scope of Services:

The need for the proposed development arose due to the constraints of the sites on which Sherling’s operate in Inchicore and Newbridge. Sherling and Sons identified the subject site as a suitable location to develop its new head office for its steel division and a steel processing facility, located adjacent to the M7 and the existing Osberstown Business Park which is undergoing gradual development. The development will utilise leading-edge technologies to deliver the best international standards of environmental management in steel processing. The proposed new facility would be Sherling’s biggest facility in Ireland and would enable Sherling’s to satisfy demand for steel processing services and steel products in Ireland and abroad.

John Spain Associates provided planning consultancy services and co-ordinated the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement. John Spain Associates were responsible for the lodgement of a planning application in July 2009. John Spain Associates prepared a detailed Planning Report to accompany the application.

Following a response to a request for further information which was co-ordinated by John Spain Associates, planning permission was granted by Kildare County Council by way of material contravention of the County Development Plan in September 2010.

Following third party appeals to An Bord Pleanála against the decision of Kildare County Council to grant permission, John Spain Associates co-ordinated a response to the third party appeals. Planning permission was granted by An Bord Pleanála in February 2011.

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