A Kildare Village-type outlet centre could be built in Cork

A Kildare Village-type outlet centre could be built in Cork

The study identified the Cork to Midleton Road as the most appropriate location for an outdoor retail centre concluding that there was “scope and retail potential capacity” to accommodate such a facility. Pic: Feargal Ward

The public is being asked to give their opinion on a council plan that would allow a retail park development to be built on the Cork to Midleton road.

County Hall wants to amend the Cork County Development Plan after carrying out a strategic assessment study into the prospect of having a retail park similar to Kildare Village in Metropolitan Cork.

The study identified the Cork to Midleton road (N25) as the most appropriate location after concluding that there was “scope and retail potential capacity” to accommodate such a facility.

The study found that a proposal should not have an adverse impact on the vitality and viability of other retail centres.

Furthermore, the study found that such a venture could be a significant benefit to the metropolitan economy and an important contributor to the life, vitality and attractiveness of Metropolitan Cork.

The local authority wants to add in an amend paragraph outlining the council’s vision in relation to Retail Outlet Centres.

“Facilitate an innovative competitive comparison retail outlet centre serving a regional catchment that is sustainably located, which provides synergies with tourism attractions and existing urban areas, avails of existing and planned public transport, does not give rise to traffic congestion and does not have any adverse effects upon the vitality and viability of existing retailing centres," the council report states.

Members of the public are invited to submit their own opinion on the proposal either online or in written form by Friday, November 22 on http://www.corkcocodevplan.com.

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