An Bord Pleanala’s decision not to allow Portwest to build a new global headquarters own its own site at the Quays in Westport is a bad news day for Westport, according to the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Westport based Brendan Mulroy.

The Board has upheld an appeal lodged against Mayo County Council's decision to grant permission for a new 10 million euro office building and café at Roman Island at The Quay in the town.

The Board says the proposed Portwest development is in an area which is at risk of flooding.

This is a major set-back for Portwest, a clothing workwear company, which has seen a massive global expansion in recent years, and now employs over 3,000 people worldwide.

In reaching its decision, the Board overturned the recommendation of its own inspector.

In a statement to Midwest News, Mayo County Council makes this judgement on the Board’s decision stating that “it’s an unfortunate outcome, after a long and expensive process. It will preclude the development of an iconic 21st century building at the Quay, which would have involved a multi-million euro investment and would have bought significant employment and economic activity to the area on a year-round basis”.

Midwest News sought an interview with the Chief Executive of MCC on the statement , but so far that has not been secured.

Midwest News contacted Portwest for it’s reaction to the decision, the company declined an interview but forwarded a statement saying it "is disappointed at the planning decision".

Adding that its team has “worked tirelessly to bring this project to Westport and create over 50 new graduate jobs. After two years in the planning process, the decision means the company cannot accommodate these new jobs, as there are no offices large enough to rent, and the company has now been refused planning permission for this development”.

Westport based Fianna Fail councillor Brendan Mulroy is the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council and speaking to Midwest News today he said it's a bad news day for Westport. Fifty new graduate jobs have been lost to the area, he argues, and that will result in further emigration by youth in the west Mayo area.

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