A DEVELOPER behind a proposed apartment block in Glanmire that would be just four metres shorter than the city’s highest building has been urged to withdraw their planning application.
Councillor Ken O’Flynn (FF) has lodged an objection against the plans at Riverstown for a 13-storey building which will have 66 apartments and said he does not believe Cork County Council should have the power to grant planning in an area which will become part of the new city area under June’s boundary extension.
Ger Keohane (IND) has also lodged an objection and is organising a petition against the proposed apartment tower with locals in local housing estates fearing it will block their views.
The development is planned on a brownfield site and is set to include a restaurant, a gym and leisure centre, two commercial units and parking for 102 vehicles.
The first application was submitted by Tom Moynihan but was deemed invalid due to a public notice not being fully visible. Another application has now been submitted.
Mr O’Flynn said: “The developer should withdraw their application and enter into pre-planning discussions with city officials. The application can then be re-submitted to Cork City Council following the boundary extension.
“In my opinion, the existing road infrastructure in Glanmire is not capable of taking any more development in the area. From my study of the County Development Plan for this area it is reserved for community use and town development.
“Cork City Council after June 1 should revisit the county plan and amend it taking into account the needs of the community. The proposed development is four metres shorter than the Elysian Tower, Cork City’s tallest building. This development is better suited to the City Docklands Area, where tall buildings should be situated.”
"Cork County Council should not grant planning permission for this development. The decision should be left to the new Cork City Council,” he added.