Intel to create 3,000 construction jobs after Leixlip site gets permission
Tech giant Intel could be set to create 3,000 construction jobs after planning permission was granted for a new manufacturing facility.
It has been confirmed by An Bord Pleanala that the green light was given for the new plant at its existing site in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
Two appeals had been lodged against the decision by Kildare Co. Council to grant planning permission originally on May 2.
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But the planning board dismissed the appeals on Monday allowing work to commence.
The two-storey facility, which will provide almost 90,000 floor space after the global firm already had 10-year planning permission for a larger facility after a successful application in 2013.
This was changed after it was decided that a smaller facility would be suitable for the multinational’s plans.
The building of the new facility would include proposals to widen the R148, as well as changing the to road layouts inside the campus grounds.
It is expected around 3,000 jobs would be created during the construction phase if the company choose to continue with the project, while 850 people will work on the site until it is completed.
Kildare North Labour Representative Emmet Stagg said: “I am delighted at the decision by An Bord Pleanala to reaffirm the grant of planning permission.
“The development comprises revised design of a previously permitted Manufacturing Facility and utility support buildings to ensure that the Intel Site has the capacity to manufacture the latest Semicondutor Technology in its bid to secure an estimated $4 Billion new Chip Manufacturing facility at Leixlip.
“Intel’s corporate parent has yet to decide to proceed with the proposed new plant and Intel in Leixlip are competing with other locations, most notably Israel to land the investment.”
Mr. Stagg stated that the need for the revised planning permission stemmed from a change in the standard design of Intel’s manufacturing plants, known as Fabs.
“The permission granted is for a smaller facility than for the one which received planning permission in 2013.