Builders call for end to ‘frivolous objections' to boost Cork construction

Builders call for end to ‘frivolous objections' to boost Cork construction
Pic: Larry Cummins

REDUCING ‘high cost’ government taxes, development contribution scheme charges, Vat, part V contributions and bonds are all part of the Construction Industry Federation’s Cork Election Manifesto 2020.

It is calling for the establishment of a regeneration fund for Cork City Council that is multi-annual, similar to regeneration funding in other cities. It has also called for the reduction of what it terms the taxation burden on landlords, so more investment can take place in units for rent, thereby raising supply. 

The group is also calling for “frivolous objections” to developments to be stopped, by enacting the Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019. Its manifesto says it is estimated the construction sector in the Cork region accounts for over 12% of the output of the industry and employs about 20,000 people.

It says commencement dates and project timescales are vital for a number of projects including the Event Centre, Cork City Flood Defence Scheme, a fast-track light rail in Cork City, and the N8/N25 Dunkettle Interchange. It highlights the M28 Ringaskiddy road as needing to be fast-tracked, while it also believes “constructing the M20 would be the greatest signal that any government could give that it is serious about creating a real economic engine that can act as a counterbalance to the over-congested Dublin region. 

This motorway must be in line with the original route selected as that route is the most sustainable route directly linking Cork City and Limerick City, airports, universities, ports and employment districts.”

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