An Bord Pleanála has approved plans submitted by Ashbourne Visitor Centre Ltd to build a new €15.5m roller coaster at Tayto Park in Kilbrew.
The approval, which upholds the 2020 decision of Meath County Council, will see the park employ Dutch roller-coaster maker Vekoma to construct the ride.
“The grant of permission by the appeals board clears the way for the construction of the rollercoaster which is made up of a 31 metre high and 748 metre long Suspended Thrill Coaster and a 24.2 metre high 238 metre long Family Boomerang ride,” reported RTE.
“The decision brings to an end a two year four month long planning battle by Tayto Park owner, Raymond Coyle to secure planning permission for the new attraction.”
First proposed in 2019, the new coaster was opposed by An Bord Pleanála’s inspector Dolores McCague, with Meath council’s 2020 decision to green light the development more recently subject to an appeals procedure lodged by local residents due to noise concerns.
However, plans were approved after Tayto Park dedicated an additional €1.5m on 14 separate noise reduction strategies, including three tunnels, extensive planting, and a 6 metre sound barrier, stretching 100m alongside the ride.