Greener Families to explore its options after amenity site refused

Greener Families to explore its options after amenity site refused
The site where a planned civic amenity site was to be situated in the Churchfield Industrial Estate. Picture Dan Linehan

A WASTE company will “explore the option” of appeal after its planning application for a civic amenity site at Churchfield was rejected by Cork City Council.

Greener Families Ltd, which is a sister company of Country Clean, had submitted a planning application to develop a civic amenity facility at their current waste site at Churchfield Industrial Estate. The company submitted a similar plan in 2016, but this was withdrawn because of vehement local opposition.

City Hall has rejected the latest application on the basis that the site is zoned for residential, local services and institutional uses, and is close to large residential areas on the south and east.

The refusal stated: “It is considered that the proposed use would be likely to impact detrimentally on the amenities of both existing and future residential properties, and, as such, would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”.

“Having regard to the extent of existing waste recycling facilities located on John F. Connolly Road, it is considered that the proposed use will result in an excessive concentration of such facilities in the immediate vicinity and that as such the proposed use would be likely to impact detrimentally on the amenities of the area and be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”

A spokesperson for Greener Families/Country Clean said the company has not given up hope of developing the “state-of-the-art” civic amenity centre.

“We will review the decision in due course and explore the option of appeal,” they said. “We believe in view of the levels of illegal dumping, the city is in need of a state of the art civic amenity centre in Churchfield Industrial Estate. We were much encouraged by the local support we received to our planning application and we’d like to thank everyone. In the meantime, our current facility at Churchfield Industrial Estate is open for business to householders and businesses who want to drop off material,” they added.

Cork North-Central Solidarity TD Mick Barry said the residents who objected should be congratulated for an “important victory” but cautioned that they must “stay active” with the likelihood that the company will appeal.

Local Councillor Kenneth Collins (SF) also said he expects the company will appeal the decision.

“They already put their foot in the water and they got their answer from the community in a public meeting. Recycling is good for everyone and it’s good for everyone to have the correct facilities, but this area is zoned for light industry,” he said.

Mick Nugent (SF) added any goodwill toward Country Clean in the local community has been eroded by them returning with a second planning application.

“A bring site is a good idea but this is the wrong location,” he added.

The company originally submitted a plan in 2016, but this was withdrawn in light of local opposition. The company returned with new plans and held a public meeting last year to discuss a civic amenity with residents. They then submitted a new application to Cork City Council. Residents have expressed concerns over odours potentially emanating from the facility, increased traffic and lack of infrastructure in the heavily populated area.

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