Belfast Telegraph

Noise fear as Amazon plans £267m Dublin data hub

By John Mulligan

Amazon's plans for a huge €300m-plus (£267m) data centre on the site of the former Jacob's biscuit site in south Dublin should be carefully assessed to make sure they don't impact on any future housing schemes beside it, it's been said. Irish Life Assurance has made the appeal to the Republic's planning appeals body, An Bord Pleanala.

The financial services firm has questioned a decision by South County Dublin Council to approve planning permission for the massive 250,616 sq ft data centre at the site in Tallaght.

Amazon already has a data centre at the location, which is housed in a 225,000 sq ft former factory building on the site, known as Building A.

A property investment fund controlled by Irish Life Assurance - now part of Canadian firm Great West Lifeco - owns land next to the old Jacob's site.

It said it may seek to build houses on the site in the future and is seeking assurances that the construction of the new data centre facility won't cause undue noise that might affect future residents.

Irish Life Assurance said that it has no objections to the development of the data centre itself, but is concerned about potential adverse noise impact on its site.

The land controlled by Irish Life Assurance is next to the Luas Red Line, and is bounded by a proposed long-term, high-capacity public transport route, and the greater Dublin cycle network, its planner has told An Bord Pleanala.

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