THERE has been a broad welcome to proposals for more than 750 houses in the Ballyvolane area.
The development has been described as “an exciting project” of “critical importance.”
Longview Estates Limited has submitted the application directly to An Bord Pleanala for the Strategic Housing Development, which will see 67 detached houses, 278 semi-detached houses, 186 terraced houses, 69 duplexes and 153 apartments at the site at Lahardane and Ballincolly, Ballyvolane.
Locals in the area are largely in favour of the housing project but there are some concerns about the lack of infrastructure in the plans.
Councillor Ger Keohane said: “The general consensus really is that they’re not objecting to the houses, it’s just the lack of infrastructure up around Lahardane.
“The only concern really is there’s a proposal to put a road from the estate onto the Lahardane road. It’s a narrow road, maybe three metres wide,” he added.
The narrow road is often used by commuters driving to and from work and the concerns surround whether it can take additional traffic from the estate.
Cllr Keohane has said it’s “an exciting project” but adequate transport infrastructure needs to be looked at.
Meanwhile, both business associations in Cork have given their support to the project in letters of recommendation for the project, included in the proposal to An Bord Pleanala.
The Cork Business Association (CBA) said that not only will the project provide housing but “much-needed services infrastructure that will open up the area to further development and investment.
"It represents a major investment in an area that historically has not been a focus for public or private sector investment,” the letter reads.
CBA described the development as leading the way towards investment on the northside, while they also expect pressure to be alleviated on infrastructure and services in southern suburbs: “In the north of the city, this investment will support Public Transport investment, rebalancing the City which has historically seen development and expansion of the more affluent areas south of the Lee.”
Cork Chamber has also welcomed the development and said that more housing in Cork is “of critical importance to the economic future of this region.
“This proposal by Longview Estates Ltd not only provides 753 housing units but also much-needed services infrastructure that will open Ballyvolane to further development and investment.
“This investment creates an impetus for public transport investment, rebalancing of the City and alleviate pressures on infrastructure and services in the southern suburbs.
"!In addition, this development will encourage investment in the northside and lead the way in encouraging further focus on residual lands in the Ballyvolane area and Monard further north west of the City,” the recommendation concludes.
An Bord Pleanala is due to make a ruling on the application in April 2020.