Carrigtohill Shopping Village

The people of East cork want it built but if the government wanted a nuclear power station there they could have or not have it ? The government have to decide issues in t

Plans for a €100m Kildare Village-style retail centre in Co Cork have been given a major boost after the planning minister sided against objections to the development from the Office of the Planning Regulator.

The OPR had previously instructed Cork County Council not to allow British-based Rioja Estates to develop the centre in Carrigtwohill.

However, the council took two successful cases to the High Court which ruled it had acted properly in agreeing in principle to the proposed development.
Local Government and Planning Minister Peter Burke has, for what is believed to be the first time, sided against the OPR objections to the local authority-backed development. He recognised the High Court rulings which upheld that Cork County Council made its decision on the project in line with all national retail planning guidelines.
The OPR had also ordered the county council not to proceed with such developments until it had completed a joint retail study with Cork City Council. This order has also been rescinded by Mr Burke.
Sources in Cork's County Hall say the “very significant decision” communicated to the local authority by Mr Burke “is likely to initiate re-interest [by the developers]” in the proposed Carrigtwohill project.

“It will reopen the way for the developer to re-engage with the [council’s] planning department,” one source said.
The council had earmarked land for the retail development adjacent to the N25 Cork–Waterford road on the eastern side of Carrigtwohill.
However, if the developers do re-engage and seek to make a formal planning application, county councillors will have to rezone it for retail use.
This, though, is expected to be a formality as the vast majority of the council’s 55 elected representatives have repeatedly said they are in favour of it.
Create jobs

Rioja Estates, which has a long track record of developing retail parks in Britain, maintains that the Carrigtwohill centre will create 800 jobs.
While Cork city-based business interests have expressed fears over such a development impacting retailers, county councillors say the Carrigtwohill development will have a hugely positive financial impact on the whole Cork region.
They say people from the Cork region will no longer have to travel to the Kildare Village centre for bargains, with their money instead remaining in the local economy.
Meanwhile, Mr Burke has backed the OPR’s view that four other planning proposals made by the council should not proceed in Carrigtwohill, Bantry, and Fermoy.
He has directed the council not to include them in the County Development Plan (2022–2028). This has angered several councillors, who say the OPR is interfering and “micromanaging” the affairs of local authorities.


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What relevance has that in terms of the job he is now carrying out?

Of course he has a career in planning that will cross with what he is doing now - the fact that he has qualifies him for the job! Having a background in ABP is ideal also for what he is doing now as they take a different approach to the same thing as they are not bound to precedent. His job is to make sure the councils implement planning guidance, is that not what he is doing?

Can't wait for the cycle lobby to demand priority cycle lanes to and from this. Let them have zombie central, and turn Debenhams into a cycle park.

They're welcome to it.

The company behind plans for a €100m-plus retail outlet in East Cork is determined to press ahead with the centre, despite legal setbacks.

Managing director of British-based Rioja Estates Giles Membrey told the Irish Examiner that his company has reactivated the plan it first mooted 36 months ago for the Tourist Outlet Village (TOV) in Carrigtwohill.

Membrey hopes to enter into pre-planning discussions with Cork County Council in the summer.
He said phase one of the project, costing around €100m, would provide up to 16,000 sq m of floor space for high end fashion and sports companies, could attract an estimated 220,000 shoppers annually and create 850 jobs when completed.
He has been involved in developing 25 such centres throughout Britain and mainland Europe, most recently in Malmo, Sweden.
Mr Membrey said it is “still early days” in the project, but if it proved very successful the company could plan further phases to increase the size of the development to 25,000 sq m.
This would probably cost in the region of €150m and lead to the creation of a total of 1,400 full and part-time jobs.
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