THE Green Party has added their backing to a campaign against a major housing development on the northside of Cork city.
Plans were revealed last week for a 162 unit development on Banduff Road in Mayfield, and a number of local representatives are against the proposal.
Residents met with local representatives and Green Party Councillor Oliver Moran said the development conflicted with key areas of policy for the city.
He highlighted the building of the Northern Distributor Road, linking Mayfield to the Straight Road in the west of the city, potential flooding issues downstream in Blackpool, as well as the removal of an area of importance for nature in Mayfield and Ballyvolane as some of the main issues.
He said he is “loathe” to oppose any housing development, but believes there is too much wrong with this one.
“My record on housing is clear from my voting record in City Hall. Unfortunately, there’s just too much wrong with this development to support it. The most obvious problem is where the houses are proposed to go, which is where the Northern Distributor Road is planned to connect with the North Ring Road. There’s no wriggle room around it,” he said.
“Only two weeks ago, the City Council put out for tender the mapping phase of that project.
“That will deliver bus lanes and fully segregated cycle lanes and footpaths right across the north side of the city. It’s a key project and has to take precedent over a private application.
“That road will be a genuine enabling project for the north side of the city, including for housing in Ballyvolane.
“Less obvious for most people is that these bogs at the edge of the Glen River are part of an important system for slowing down water going into the river.
“We know from hard experience that building on places like these ultimately leads to flooding downstream at places like Blackpool.”
Developers Miata Limited have labeled the development “a catalyst project that will contribute to the wider development of the Ballyvolane Urban Expansion area in combination with other developments.”
Submissions on the development can be made directly to An Bord Pleanála until July 27, 2020.