Ballygar sawmill approved for Brexit proofing extension

Galway Daily news Ballygar sawmill expansion approved

Murray Timber Products have been granted planning permission for an expansion of their Ballygar sawmill to protect its business from the impacts of Brexit.

The sawmill at Hermitage, Ballygar currently has a floor space of 3,730sqm and plans to construct a 490sqm extension to the front of the premises to add more production capacity.

“The proposed production line is to future proof the business from many aspects including allowing the company to produce products suitable for non UK export markets (due to Brexit concerns).”

The application also says that the extension will also allow the sawmill to upgrade from their current equipment which is becoming obsolete.

“It is not feasible to remove and replace the existing line as it must continue to while the new line is built as 75% of the production output passes through this line”.

The Murray Timber Group is a family run business operating since 1977, producing timber for construction, garden decking, pallets and packaging, and more.

The company two main production facilities in Galway and at Ballon, County Carlow.

The site at Hermitage is licenced by the EPA, and is also subject to an IPPC licence which is monitored by the EPA on an ongoing basis.

Galway County Council granted planning permission for the extension with eight conditions attached, including a requirement for the developer to pay a €6,860 line charge towards public facilities for the site.