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  • An Bord Pleanala have upheld the decision of Westmeath County Council to approve the first phase of a large-scale China trading hub in Athlone, Co. Westmeath.  According to the ABP Inspector’s Report the proposal is for the 1st phase of a larger 5 phase development on a 140 hectare site to be known as the Europe China Trading Hub (ECTH) which would have an estimated overall floor space of nearly 1 million sq.m. to be used as a trading hub for international trade and commerce between China, Europe and the rest of the world.

    The development is to provide demonstration space for Chinese manufacturers and traders to display their products to European and international buyers with a view to generating bulk orders which will then be delivered from producers based in China to the recipient. The project would be the largest European source of Chinese branded goods. Presently European and East Coast USA based traders wishing to purchase Chinese goods must travel to China to view products and complete transactions. This results in significant international travel and associated visa requirements. The ECTH proposes to divert many of the international buyers to a centralised location with easy access from both Western Europe and Eastern USA. It will provide business concessionaires and purchasers with a suite of back up services including banking facilities, taxation advice, translation services, legal services and travel arrangements. Provision is to be made to showcase Irish products which are likely to benefit from the expected international footfall. The exhibition zone will be a private business campus accessible by registration/appointment only. Read the rest of this entry »

    Published on May 1, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions; Tagged as: ,
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  • Westmeath County Council have granted permission for the development of the first phase of a Europe China Trading Hub on a 78-acre site at Creggan on the east side of Athlone, Co Westmeath.

    The Europe China Trading Hub will function as an exhibition centre where buyers from Europe and the US can source Chinese products.

    If completed, the trade hub will house 3,000 demonstration halls and employing 9,000 people.

    The first phase involves just over 100,000sq m of development, including two exhibition halls each of more than 30,000sq m, with 270 display areas.

    Parking for 1,370 cars and 18 bus bays are also provided as part of the development.

    Further plans for the international trade hub will include a new railway station, hotels, restaurants, a theatre, leisure centre and a school.

    Both the NRA and An Taisce have made submissions to the Council on the proposal, along with a number of local residents, and therefore the likelihood of a third party appeal is probable.

    Following on from the casino proposal in Tipperary these applications show that there are at least some people who are still prepared to invest in large-scale development in Ireland.

    Published on January 5, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Uncategorized; Tagged as: , , ,
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