An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for a new film studio complex in Co Wexford which could eventually employ up to 30 people directly but hundreds during movie production.
The board has given the go-ahead to Tara Studios Ltd for the plan at Borleagh Manor in Killanerin outside Gorey which would include seven studios, 10 workshops as well as office buildings and ancillary facilities.
Backers of the project are film financier John Gleeson and a former chief-executive of Pinewood Studios in London, Ivan Dunleavey.
Borleagh Manor is a listed 19th-century Georgian building, set on more than 60 hectares of woodland, and was formerly the home of actor Richard Greene, who starred in the TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood.
Permission was initially granted by Wexford County Council for the north Wexford plan but appealed to An Bord Pleanála by a Co Wexford resident on the basis of its impact on the local landscape.
The board, in making its decision said that the proposed development would not have an “unacceptable impact” on the heritage, landscape or biodiversity of the area.
Its own inspector had recommended refusing permission but the board decided that additional information provided by the development company, in relation to wastewater and traffic, had addressed the issues raised in relation to these matters.