Make air­port car park per­ma­nent – Gan­non

Irish Independent - Business Week - - FRONT PAGE - John Mul­li­gan

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

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