Further six months of delays on events centre saga

Further six months of delays on events centre saga
A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam

THERE has been a further delay of up to six months to Cork's events centre after planners asked the developers to supply a report on the potential impact of the development on two conservation areas in Cork Harbour.

Earlier this month, developers Bam had supplied significant further information on their events centre proposal, including a modified design.

A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam. 
A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam. 

Following the submission, Cork City Council had 28 days to either grant or refuse permission with a decision expected this week.

However, City Hall has now written to Bam seeking further clarification of their proposal.

"The appropriate assessment screening report submitted states that the proposed development has the potential to impact the water quality within the River Lee," the letter states.

Due to the possible impact the development might have on the Cork Harbour Special Protected Area (SPA) and the Great Island Channel Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Bam have been asked to supply a Natura Impact Statement of the implications of the events centre on the two conservation sites.

Pic: G-Net 3D
Pic: G-Net 3D

"The timeframe for submitting the Natura Impact Statement to the planning authority shall be six months," the letter states, adding that the statutory period to decide the application is suspended until the report is submitted.

Bam had lodged a fresh planning application for the events centre last year before planners asked them to revise their proposal, saying they had a “serious concern” about the extent of “dead frontage”.

The redesign included a ticket office on the southern side of the building. Street-level LED screens which can host event-related content, tourism information and artistic content will also be developed. 

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