Housing estate refused extension permission due to Northern Ring Road

Housing estate refused extension permission due to Northern Ring Road
Cars parked at the new Heathfield Estate in Ballincollig, with people queuing overnight for the first phase of homes going on sale. Pic; Alan Healy.

DEVELOPERS have been refused planning permission for a 61-house extension to an estate in Ballincollig because the site lies within a protected route for the future Northern Ring Road.

An application for new homes at Carriganarra by Murnane & O’Shea was turned down by An Bord Pleanála after initially being granted permission under two separate applications by Cork County Council.

The proposal would have been an extension to the residential development known as Heathfield.

However, the site lies within a designated route protection corridor for the future Northern Ring Road and the associated interchanges have yet to be finalised.

The homes were set to be a mix of four-bed and three-bed houses and three-bed and two-bed townhouses.

Last April, more than 35 people spent the night sleeping in their cars awaiting the release of the third phase of homes at Heathfield with over 700 names on the waiting list for homes.

Planning inspector Hugh D. Morrison recommended refusing permission on the basis that the houses could impinge on a key infrastructure route.

The report said: “This proposal would... be premature and it could undermine the sustainable development of the Urban Expansion Area.

"...it is considered that, as the site lies within the Route Protection Corridor of the Cork Northern Ring Road (N22/N20/M8) which is a project critical to the delivery of planned development, the proposal would be premature in advance of the finalisation of the design of the proposed upgraded junction between the N22 and the L-2216 within this corridor. Accordingly, to accede to this proposal would risk compromising the said design and so it would fail to reserve the Route Protection Corridor".

The report added: “Due to the proximity of proposed dwelling houses to the Poulavone Roundabout on the N22 and notwithstanding the proposed noise attenuation barrier, it is considered that the amenities of these dwelling houses would be adversely affected.” 

The estimated €500m Northern Ring Road has not been included in the Government capital project plans — despite designs being drawn up over 15 years ago.

A complete Northern Ring Road would join the M8 from the toll booth at Watergrasshill to the Poulavone Roundabout in Ballincollig and the N22.

A section would go across the outskirts of the city to Ballincollig.

The South Ring N25 could then be joined up with the N22 - creating a full motorway ring link around the city.

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