Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s plans for a fresh $928 million data center in Ireland have been stalled after neighboring folk appealed against the decision. The center was scheduled to commence construction late 2015. However, groundbreaking was held up after certain environmental concerns about the building were reported to the local council.
The probable reasons of complaints related to increased traffic and noise because of construction. It further argues that the protected species of badgers and bats that inhabit the nearby forest will be adversely affected.
Peter Feeny, a member of Galway County’s administration, commented that Apple has already met these concerns that include traffic problems in its first proposal. He added that traffic on the road was worse earlier. He said once the data center is build folk won’t be able to view it, hear it or even smell it. It is planned on a 500-acre site of forest and folks will not be even aware it exists. According to him, most people in the area approve of the center as it would generate jobs for rural Ireland.
Apple is hoping to utilize this data center to store European users’ information for online services such as Siri, Maps, iMessages, the App Store and iTunes. The center is planned to be located near a small town called Athenry in County Galway, right in the Derrydonnell Forest inhabited by protected wild animals. Apple promises that the center will be fully powered by renewable energy. Also, the center will be established on recovered forestry area. Apple also intends to restore native trees to the forest if it gets permission to establish its data center. Additionally, the company will provide an outdoor education area for local schools and a walking trail for the residents.
Construction of a sister site is happening in Denmark, apparently without facing any issues. Feeny believes that a decision on the matter will be made by June this year. Apple is more optimistic regarding the matter and expects the final ruling to be made in March. The board is set to rule later this month, although local officials expect the timeline to be extended.