The County Development Plan was amended by county councillors yesterday to clear the way for a British company to lodge a planning application for the €100m ‘Kildare Village’ style retail centre in Carrigtwohill.
Speaking to The Echo, Lawrence Owens, chief executive of the Cork Business Association (CBA), said retailers were worried that it would drag people away from the city centre.
“It will deflect business from Cork city,” he said. “It is a significant threat to retail and to the city itself.
“The city is developing a huge amount of space at the moment and to have something like this on the outskirts of the city is just totally unnecessary.”
The CBA is undertaking a research study to assess whether there is a positive impact on Newbridge from Kildare Village outlet centre in order to see if nearby towns such as Midleton, Cobh, and Carrigtwohill would benefit.
“From what I can see, no one wins out of this, except Cork County Council, who will get rates,” Mr Owens said.
“It is certainly of no benefit to the city.”
Plans for the retail outlet village in East Cork moved a step forward after County Hall cleared the way for a planning application on the project yesterday.