An Bord Pleanala, an independent appeals review board, has begun its final deliberations on the proposed 850 million euro Apple data centre in Athenry, reports Ireland’s Galway Bay FM. An oral hearing on the development took place in the city in May.
Apple planned to start building the data center on a 500-acre site before the end of 2015. However, it was delayed when unhappy Irish citizens lodged formal complaints with the Irish government.
Complainants argued that the data centre would increase noise and light pollution, flooding, and traffic. Some also said it would act as an eyesore and others said it would harm the local badger and bat populations.
In February 2015 Apple announced its plans to build its first two data centers in Europe to host iCloud, iTunes and other online services. Located in Ireland and Denmark, these facilities will be powered by 100% renewable energy.