240 acres (97HA), Ardanairy, Brittas Bay, Wicklow
one of the largest agricultural land sales in County Wicklow Jordan Auctioneers
successfully sold 240 acres at Ardanairy, Brittas Bay Co.Wicklow on Thursday
last by Public Auction for a figure of €1,650,000. The purchaser is believed to
be a Wicklow based farmer and the figure achieved was well in excess of the
guide of €1.3m.
property was situated 3km from the M11 Motorway (Junction
19) at Jack Whites Cross and was offered for sale in 3 lots and while
there were several interested parties for each section it was the entire which
secured the highest bid.
land was all in grass divided by the local road into Lot 1 which extended to
circa 131 acres and Lot 2 which comprised 109 acres adjoining the European
Golf Course. The land was generally in need of some work and a portion was part
of a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
In 2008 just
prior to the economic collapse a major tourism resort had been planned on the
lands to include a hotel, 18-hole golf course, holiday cottages, health
spa, fitness centre and sports academy. The idea was to turn Brittas Bay into a
year-round tourist destination with a diverse range of activities and
facilities but the Planning Application was subsequently withdrawn before a
decision was due and it now appears the land will continue in agricultural use.
Speaking after the Auction Paddy Jordan of the
selling agents commented that ‘the
quantum of land was a major selling point and although it required considerable
work to increase its production capacity it is difficult in Ireland to buy a
large block all together’