Intel dismiss latest Reid appeal as ‘vexatious’ in ongoing battle

by Padraig Conlon

Determined farmer Thomas Reid is taking on US tech giant Intel in another planning dispute.

He is attempting to stop them expanding their Leixlip plant in the seventh application he has brought against the company since 2012.

In May Intel got the green light for their €3.53bn fabrication facility after Kildare County Council granted permission to proceed with their plan despite some objections.

The granting of the 10-year permission will net Kildare County Council €9.72 million in development contributions towards public infrastructure.

6,000 construction workers will be required at peak of construction of the new fab and 1,600 full-time jobs will be created upon its’ completion.

The project will be the largest private investment in Ireland’s history if it goes ahead.

Kildare County Council say it is following the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 National Planning Framework by granting permission.

In Reid’s five-page hand-written appeal he claims the proposal is contrary to the proper planning and development of the area and has requested an oral hearing.

In a letter to the appeals board however Intel has asked the Bord to use powers to dismiss what it says is a ‘“vexatious” appeal by Reid.

The company has asked the Bord to invoke Section 138 of the Planning and Development Act where the appeals board can dismiss appeals if it finds them to be “vexatious, frivolous or without substance or foundation”.

Reid unsuccessfully objected to the first phase of the expansion plans in 2017.

In 2015 however he was successful in his fight with the IDA when the Supreme Court found that the IDA making a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for his 72-acre farm beside the Intel campus had been in excess of their powers.

A spokesperson for Intel told Dublin Gazette: “The planning process is a matter for An Bord Pleanala and it would be inappropriate for us to comment on it any further.”

A decision is due on the case in October.

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