Manor West set for ex­pan­sion in new plan

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

PLANS are un­der­way to build a sig­nif­i­cant ex­ten­sion to Manor West Re­tail Park.

Late last month Tralee based com­pany Ash­man De­vel­op­ments ap­plied to Kerry County Coun­cil for per­mis­sion to build four new re­tail ware­house units and a gar­den cen­tre along with car park­ing for 330 ve­hi­cles on a site im­me­di­ately to the south of the ex­ist­ing re­tail park.

The site of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is bounded by Manor West Re­tail park to the north and the Deer­park es­tate to the west with open fields to the east and south.

Ac­cord­ing to fil­ings with the Com­pa­nies Regis­tra­tion Of­fice Ash­man De­vel­op­ments was founded on Au­gust 23 a lit­tle over a month be­fore the ap­pli­ca­tion was submitted to Kerry County Coun­cil.

The de­vel­op­ment com­pany’s reg­is­tered ad­dress is at The Ashe Ho­tel on Maine Street in Tralee which is owned by the Boyle fam­ily who built and pre­vi­ously op­er­ated Manor West Re­tail Park.

Manor West Re­tail Park was sold to Amer­i­can in­vest­ment fund Marathon As­set Man­age­ment in 2015 in a deal which, ac­cord­ing to cov­er­age at the time of the sale, was re­port­edly worth around €59 mil­lion.

The Boyle fam­ily had pur­chased the Ashe Ho­tel – the then va­cant Tralee Town Cen­tre Ho­tel which had a €1 mil­lion price tag – the pre­vi­ous year.

Ac­cess to the pro­posed new re­tail site at Manor West would be via the ex­ist­ing Manor West Re­tail Park car park.

A de­ci­sion on Ash­man De­vel­op­ment’s plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is due to be made by No­vem­ber 21 and submissions can be made to the coun­cil’s plan­ning of­fice un­til Oc­to­ber 31.

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