AN Bord Pleanála has given the green light for the events centre in the heart of Cork city to move ahead.
Cork City Council had granted permission for the development last year, however it was appealed to An Bord Pleanála by both the applicant and a third party.
The third-party appellant hand-delivered their appeal just minutes before the deadline, and it was made on the grounds of commercial over-development in the historic core of Cork city, which is an area that should be developed primarily for tourism.
The individual said that they are in favour of the development at the former Beamish and Crawford site, but believes the revised design submitted by developers BAM are not good enough, and the city deserves better.
Meanwhile, developers BAM also objected to condition 48 of their planning permission, which deals with development contributions.
They claimed that any work assessed and incorporated into the General Development Contribution Scheme cannot be subject to a Special Development Contribution.
They said that the contribution requested for the Crosse’s Green pedestrian/cycle bridge, or the Lamley’s Lane approach street cannot be charged due to being part of the City’s development plans for many years.
However, An Bord Pleanála have now said that the development can proceed, with conditions. Detailed internal designs of the events centre will take six to eight months to complete, and construction wouldn’t be able to begin until that happens.
But given that a judicial review of the development has been sought, it’s not likely the project will get off the ground soon.
Gleneagle Hotel (Killarney) Ltd, who also operate the INEC entertainment venue in Killarney, have sought a judicial review against Cork City Council.
The issue in question is the decision-making process of granting €50m to the project from the Government, and not the actual final decision itself.
The project now cannot move forward until the High Court process is complete.