THE Lower Glanmire Road Residents Association have objected to the €160 million redevelopment of Horgan’s Quay in the city, citing concerns about parking and “built-to-rent” apartments.
Cork City council is due to make a decision by October 31 on the plans which include 237 apartments, a 136-bed hotel, an acre of open plaza and 400,000 sq ft of office space.
The objection, submitted by chairman of the residents association Fred Hackett, stated that the proposed car park with a capacity of 277 cars is not enough and will impact negatively upon Lower Glanmire residents as users of the new buildings will be forced to park on surrounding streets.
“The Lower Glanmire Road is predominantly a residential area and each house has to rely on on-street parking,” said Mr Hackett.
“We note that there are only 277 car parking spaces proposed for the development - this is not sufficient for 5,000 office staff, 240 apartments and a 136-bed hotel.
“We ask that considerable additional parking is provided as part of the development in order to limit the impact on the existing residents.”
Mr Hackett also raised concerns over the type of apartments the new buildings will provide stating that apartments that are only available for rent will have a negative impact on the community.
“Apartments that are for rent only do not help to build communities as they are catering for short-term renters only,” he said.
“There is a community feeling with the long-term residents of the Lower Glanmire Road. However, these type of apartments will threaten this.”
Mr Hackett suggested that high-quality apartments that are available to buy and cater for families would help rather than hinder the community.
“We would ask that the apartments are high quality, made with families in mind and available for people to buy so that the community spirit can grow in our area.”
The Port of Cork Company (POCC) also launched an objection, saying the plans are “premature.”
While they maintained they welcome the “principle”, the Port detailed numerous reasons for asking the City Council to defer the application including a lack of consultation with their own body.
“It does not take account of the short or longer term impacts on POCC adjacent quayside landholding and its presentation did not involve any consultation with POCC as adjacent landowner and key stakeholder in the area,” states the objection.
“The lack of consultation by the developer to date is of concern to POCC.”
Meanwhile, the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) on behalf of the HSA said it “does not advise against the granting of planning permission in the context of Major Accident Hazards.”
However, it went on to state that the advice given is only applicable to the specific circumstances of this proposal at this period of time and that future development around COMAH establishments could have the potential to impact the expansion of those establishments.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland also had a say, stating it had no observations to make.