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New town approved for Cork

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Bord Pleanala has approved a planning scheme for approx. 5,000 houses or 12,000 people at Monard to the northwest of Cork City and 4km from Blarney. The scheme includes a town centre with provision for offices and retail, and 3 'villages' in the scheme area. The Bord has conditioned that a train station must be provided before development kickstarts. The approval of the planning scheme or SDZ means that planning applications that are considered by Cork County Council to be consistent with the scheme are approved, and there is no right to appeal to Bord Pleanala. The scheme requires big investment in infrastructure like water, sewer, roads, parks, sports facilities, schools etc. and development will not be permitted at each stage unless specified infrastructure is in place, i.e. intended to work on a phased basis. It's not the first such SDZ scheme in the country, with plenty of activity already for the Docklands scheme. However, there are also notable failures for example, Adamstown.

So, having a look at your crystal ball, will this become a roaring success or a mini version of a Chinese ghost town? Suggestions for new names for the town also welcome :)

Pleanála:
Monard Planning Scheme 2015 - Cork County Council Planning
 
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Good news. One of John Brutons few good ideas in govt was the proposal for major population centres outside of Dublin. I think it would encourage FDI in the regions, help keep CO2 emissions in the Pale and perhaps foster the movement of third level institutions there.

Since companies prefer "clustering" I think the best way to keep villages alive is to swallow them in new or surrounding towns.
 
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Good for the construction industry. Should relieve pressure on Urban Cork too. And provide revenue to the County Council.
 

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Good for the construction industry. Should relieve pressure on Urban Cork too. And provide revenue to the County Council.
The Council are heavily betting on the success of this scheme in the medium term to cater for projected demand for housing and indeed existing, around Cork City.
 

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Well all the social welfare tenants in Dublin city centre have to be moved somewhere.
 

ruserious

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The Council are heavily betting on the success of this scheme in the medium term to cater for projected demand for housing and indeed existing, around Cork City.
City Council have been trying to commandeer Douglas and Rochestown for a while now.
 

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Am I looking at the right place on the map?

About 7kms from Cork City Centre.

That would BE the city centre in places like Dublin.

Still, as long as transport links are good, it might work ok.
 

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Is it on high ground?
 

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Am I looking at the right place on the map?

About 7kms from Cork City Centre.

That would BE the city centre in places like Dublin.

Still, as long as transport links are good, it might work ok.
The Mallow to Cork train line runs past the site, and Bord Pleanala have insisted that a train station gets built first.
 

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Slopes down to a river, there was a lot of concern locally that it would worsen existing flooding problems in the vicinity and downstream.
Rainwater and storm water retention ponds and runoff management should be to the fore.
 

linny55

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A new town or just a very large residential area. Probably the latter.
 

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The Cork equivalent of Adamstown.....apparently in the works since 2010.

Oh, you guys are in for a treat :)
 

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