Green light for Shannon air cargo hub and distribution facility

PLANNING permission has been granted for the construction of an air cargo hub and logistics/distribution facility at Shannon Airport.

According to the planning application, the facility would have an area of ​​2705 m2, with an office area of ​​335 m2.

The Shannon Group has held talks with Amazon about opening a base at the airport, but it remains unclear whether it has been lined up to use this facility.

Regarding its location, the planner’s report on the application stated: “The proposed greenfield site of 1.718 hectares is located at Rineanna South on the grounds of Shannon Airport.

“It’s north of the Shannon estuary and south-west of Shannon town. The proposal would be accessible from the N19 and would back onto the airport runway.

“The site is currently occupied by a well-maintained green space. There are large industrial buildings to the west of the proposed site, the runway to the north, the N19 to the south and more green space to the west.

“The proposal would be incidental to the operation of the airport and would be considered in the context of the industrial nature of the surrounding area.”

The planner’s report on the application concluded that the planning principle was acceptable at the site.

“Shannon Commercial Properties is proposing to construct a new freight hub warehouse with ancillary offices, delivery/collection yard, lane connection, waste stores with parking, bicycle parking, ESB substation , a switch room and associated site works on an airside greenfield site at Shannon Free Zone, Shannon, Co Clare.

“It is proposed to construct a new single storey air cargo hub and logistics/distribution facility (2705m2) with an auxiliary single storey office area (335m2).

“The works include new access to the site and the provision of 42 parking spaces including accessible spaces, secure parking spaces for bicycles, a louvered plant / refuse store, a photovoltaic network, signaling of the building and a single-storey substation.

“The construction of a new hard surface auxiliary delivery/service yard with vehicle and HGV parking, all ancillary landscaping and associated site works and services including the dismantling of the adjacent septic tank and the installation of a new pumping station to facilitate connection to the existing airport infrastructure.

“The total site is approximately 1.6 hectares. The proposed development is considered incidental to the operations of the airport and consistent with the objectives set out in the current Shannon and Area Local Plan and County Clare Development Plan. Therefore, the principle of development is acceptable.