Local opposition to plans for 237 new homes in Cork town 

Local opposition to plans for 237 new homes in Cork town 
An artist's impression of homes in the extended Cluain Ard development in Cobh.

THERE is significant opposition to a large-scale housing development in Cobh.

Locals have raised concerns surrounding the 237 units at Cluain Ard, Ringmeen - 183 of which are set to be houses, while 54 are due to be developed as apartments and duplexes.

Dominic Dunne, a local resident, has pointed to a lack of adequate infrastructure, and a lack of school places as two major issues.

“They’re putting footpaths around the development but the footpaths are stopping where the development stops on both sides. 

"They’re leading to absolutely nowhere. They’re not leading to the shops which are half a mile up the road,” Dominic told The Echo.

He says the roads leading to the development are no more than boreens with grass growing in the centre. 

An artist's impression of the extended Cluain Ard estate.
An artist's impression of the extended Cluain Ard estate.

While the developers intend to widen the road at the development, Dominic says that they also intend to use it for on-street parking.

“A lot of the houses don’t have two parking spots so a lot of it will be on the street. 

"Well and good on-street inside the development, but the on-street parking is outside the development on the roads as well,” Dominic said.

Roads aren’t the only issue locals have with this development. 

“A big population now of Cobh has to leave every morning because there aren't school places, yet there could be four to six hundred kids moving into that development,” Dominic said.

“The backlog for the ferry is going to be halfway along to the Rinn Ronan hotel because they’re putting traffic lights in with the new houses down there,” he added.

Locals had supported a previous planning application for the area, and say they're not against development in the area as a whole. 

However, they claim that this application has cut down hugely on green areas and parking. 

They intend to make objections to An Bord Pleanala before the closing date on January 23.

“There’s a huge amount of objections going in. I think they’ve about four or five hundred signatures already,” Dominic said.

“They have reports done on birds, badgers, otters, swallows, I mean they’ve months of research, but there’s nothing about the people, the locality, not one report on any of that,” he added.

An Bord Pleanala will rule on the development at Cluain Ard, Ringmeen, Cobh by April 9. Public submissions can be made up to January 23.

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