Cork City and County Councils have set out a joint plan for the future growth of the county as whole.
Both City and County Mayors met with MEPS and TDs for Cork earlier this week to discuss the County’s submission to the National Planning Framework.
The document which follows on from the National Spatial plan is designed to guide development across the state between now and 2040, is expected to be published next month.
When former Housing Minister Simon Coveney published the draft document in March he said he was keen on driving growth in country’s regional cities.
Although Dublin City, CEO Owen Keegan has been highly critical of the government, stating the National Framework Document takes the focus off Dublin city as the primary City.
Under the Cork 2050 document the joint plan sets out its actions to grow the region while alleviating the pressure on Dublin.
Cork as a region is expected to see a growth in population by 304,000 over the next 33 years meaning that by 2050, 850,000 will call Cork County their home.
A key component of the plan is to develop a metropolitan area to complement the growth of the City and the creation of 120,000 jobs over the next 33 years.
This increase in economic and population growth will be underpinned by public transport corridors linking Midleton, Cobh and Ballincollig to the city docklands and strategic Greenfield sites across the Metropolitan area.
The county’s planners say high capacity bus corridors would interconnect the transport network linking Cork airport, the city docks and Kent railway station.
The need for good road infrastructure is also noted in the document.
County Mayor Cllr Declan Hurley and City Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald “Cork 2050 sets out to present an evidence-based case for national level strategic policy support for the designation of Metropolitan Cork as the complementary location to Dublin.”
“The unique capacity of Metropolitan Cork, a plan-led integrated economy and property market with a strong and vibrant Cork City at its heart, to drive escalated rates of economic and population growth to an international scale of over 500,000 persons is central to the Cork proposition, however Cork 2050 also recognises the capacity and strategic importance of all the County, including rural communities.”