Blackrock Hurling Club lodge appeal on controversial apartment block

Blackrock Hurling Club lodge appeal on controversial apartment block
30 proposed apartments in Blackrock, Cork. Photo: Planning files

BLACKROCK Hurling Club has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala, after their permission to build 30 apartments was refused by Cork City Council.

The apartments, which were proposed for lands off Cherry Lawn, Church Road, Blackrock, Cork have been the subject of much debate, both in the locality and in City Hall.

The development, which would be on land zoned for sporting use, could also see 38 car parking spaces, bicycle parking, as well as new vehicular and pedestrian access.

It was, however, subject to a material contravention at Cork City Council in recent months. A material contravention is needed when a planning application may not necessarily comply with the objectives of the City Development Plan for proper development and planning of an area.

Prior to the meeting, councillors said they had been “bombarded” with emails from local residents about the proposed development, the vast majority of which opposed it.

Twenty six councillors voted against the development, while one voted in favour of the proposal proceeding, as residents who were in attendance at the meeting in City Hall on the night clapped the decision.

However, despite voting down the material contravention on the night, Green Party Councillor Lorna Bogue warned that the proposal could have been sent to An Bord Pleanala anyway, leaving locals and councillors with a decision “forced” upon them, which is now the case.

Speaking to The Echo on the latest developments, she said that Blackrock Hurling Club does have a right to appeal the decision made.

“They have the right to appeal, of course, but we followed all due process within Cork City Council. I think that the reservations that we had were legitimate on it, but it’s up to An Bord Pleanala now to make their decision whether they accept that appeal or not,” Ms Bogue said.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael Councillor Des Cahill told The Echo that given the issues raised, he thought the brakes had been put on the development for at least a couple of years, however, Blackrock Hurling Club has decided to pursue planning permission.

He said he was “slightly surprised they’re going to appeal based on the public reaction,” however he said, “they’re entitled to appeal it.”

An Bord Pleanala will make a decision on the development by the end of June.

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