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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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