Make airport car park permanent – Gannon
DEVELOPER Gerry Gannon is hoping to make his massive car park near Dublin Airport a permanent fixture.
Mr Gannon’s 41-acre park, which currently accommodates more than 6,200 cars, has been operating on a temporary basis since it first opened nearly two decades ago.
It is leased to QuickPark, the company owned by John O’Sullivan, the founder and former owner of AirCoach.
Mr Gannon – one of the so-called Maple 10 who was given loans by Anglo Irish Bank to buy shares in the crumbling institution in 2008 – is seeking permanent permission for the car park as a strategic infrastructure development, which fasttracks the planning process.
The car park was constructed in two phases.
The first phase, which accommodated 3,500 vehicles, opened about 17 years ago. The second phase opened more than 12 years ago and included an additional 2,740 spaces. There are a total of 6,240 spaces at the site on the periphery of Dublin Airport.
The existing temporary planning permission for the site expires in early December.
Planners for Mr Gannon noted that QuickPark is one of three authorised long-term car parks serving Dublin Airport.
Between them, they have a total of 24,425 spaces, all of which have been previously approved under the stra- tegic development procedure.
The DAA currently operates about 19,180 long-term car parking spaces at two such facilities.
Dublin Airport should handle more than 30 million passengers this year, after nearly reaching that figure in 2017.
“Demand for long-term parking has not diminished in the period since the previous temporary permission for QuickPark,” noted the planning firm acting for Mr Gannon, pointing to the increase in passenger numbers.
Spot check: Gerry Gannon wants to make his car park site a strategic infrastructure development, which would fasttrack the planning process