A “DIVISIVE” land rezoning will be decided by city councillors early next year after a public consultation finishes.
Blackrock Hurling Club is seeking planning permission on the lands off Cherry Lawn, Church Road, for a development that will consist of 30 apartments and 38 car parking spaces on a portion of the club’s sports complex.
If planning is granted it is expected the land will be sold on by the club.
However, the land is currently zoned for use as a sports ground and rezoning will have to be signed off by city councillors before planning can be granted.
The long-delayed rezoning has been the subject of a number of objections and submissions locally with a public consultation due to end on Christmas Eve.
Some residents have raised concerns about the level of traffic the development will bring and local councillor Kieran McCarthy said he has concerns about the precedent rezoning green space would set.
“It’s a fairly contentious issue and there’s a lot of anger there. A lot of that is linked to a breakdown in communication between the club and the residents. There have been cars parking in the area and blocking residences," said Mr McCarthy.
“People are concerned about extra cars coming in and out in the morning and traffic movement and the construction period would be a concern as well.
“The club has tried to manage the parking situation in the area in recent years but with great difficulty.”
Mr McCarthy said councillors will have to balance the need for housing, the needs of the club and the concerns of local residents when it comes to making a decision,” he said.
“It’s a tough one for local councillors. The club wants to sell on the land with the planning proposal to a developer and make money to redevelop other parts of the club.
“I have always voted against the rezoning of green spaces because it sets a precedent.
“The planners have examined the proposed development and they say they are OK with it. It’s now over to the councillors to decide on whether the land should be rezoned or not,” he added.
The rezoning issue is likely to come before councillors at a full council meeting in either January or February.