Wexford County Council has announced details of its acquisition of St Waleran’s House and 75 acres of adjoining zoned lands at Ballytegan, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Confirming details of the deal, Mr Tom Enright, Chief Executive of Wexford County Council, confirmed that the acquisition of the site will allow for the provision of much needed affordable, social and private housing, together with a range of community/amenity and educational facilities to meet the growing demand for such services in the North Wexford area.
Mr Enright acknowledged the work of his senior officials in negotiating and finalising the purchase, stating that the Council will now progress the preparation of a master plan for the future development of the extensive and strategically located site. The 75 acres of lands which are contained in five different land folios currently have a range of land zoning uses including residential, community and education, open space, leisure and amenity, and strategic reserve.
“I want to congratulate our staff on securing this highly strategic development site” said Mr Enright. “The acquisition of these lands and their development over the next number of years is a game-changer in our efforts to secure the provision of much needed facilities within the thriving and rapidly expanding area of North Wexford”, he added.
Locally based Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Michael D’Arcy TD, also welcomed the news. “I am delighted that Wexford County Council had shown such leadership in acquiring this major development site in Gorey which has the potential to provide a range of ambitious new public facilities for North Wexford” said Minister D’Arcy. He added “I look forward to working closely with the Council in supporting and securing the funding that will be required for the future development of this site and to ensure the realisation of its full potential over the coming years”.