Residents raise traffic, privacy and safety concerns over good Shepherd development

Residents raise traffic, privacy and safety concerns over good Shepherd development
A recent public meeting to discuss the redevelopment of the Good Shepherd Convert. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Residents with major concerns about the proposed redevelopment of the Good Shepherd convent on the northside of the city presented a 30-page objection to Cork City Council this week.

Moneda Developments - a Dundalk firm - are planning 240 apartments on the 3.14 hectare site, which is a former convent but has been left empty since the mid-1990s.

A combination of one, two and three bedroom apartments are planned for the site and the development could take up to three years to complete.

Traffic congestion, public safety, pollution, access for emergency services, height, privacy and an unmanageable population spurt are among a number of concerns for local residents.

The community action group, an 11 person committee representing local's concerns, released a statement on their website yesterday outlining their latest action.

“Following on from two public meetings at the Strawberry Hill Community Centre, Cork City Council has received a large number of objections from local residents and groups with special interest in the development of the site of the former Good Shepherd Convent on Buckston Hill,” the statement read.

“The 11 person committee representing the local community, under the chairpersonship of Tom Coleman, today handed in a comprehensive 30-page objection that summarised most of what local residents were saying at the meetings, backed up by hard facts and evidence that contradicts many claims made in the proposal.” Cork North West Cllr Kenneth Collins and Mick Nugent have also raised concerns about the presence of Magdalene graves on the site and have called for an excavation to take place.

Cllr Collins has also expressed his disappointment at the provision of social housing which, he said, will be isolated on the site rather than integrated in the rest of the development.

Local residents can keep up-to-date with the issues raised by the residents' committee at www.gsc-cork.uxs.ie

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