Cllrs have called for a Master plan to be created for future development in Glounthaune. The village has recently been the site for a number of Housing Planning Applications, creating unease among local policy makers.
Last November An Bórd Pleanála granted Planning Permission for hundreds of houses near the Glounthaune under fast track legislation, with a further 110 units planned under two separate Planning Applications at present. The Council’s own Local Area Plan allows for an additional 400 new homes to be built in the village between now and 2022, but this allocation has been surpassed with hundreds more in the pipeline. Under fast track legislation developers can bypass the Local Authority when lodging plans for a project that exceeds more than 100 units, and avail of strategic housing development.
Cllrs Anthony Barry, Fine Gael and Padraig O’Sullivan, Fianna Fail fear the population numbers in the area could swell, aided by a burgeoning suburban population being driven from the city. In a joint Motion the Cobh Municipality Cllrs said that unless a Master Plan for the village is drawn up, future schemes could lead to urban sprawl.
In time, they said, Glounthaune could mirror larger towns like Dunmanway or Newmarket but lack adequate road infrastructure and community facilities. “There are no facilities in Glounthaune. There’s really only one pub shop and a Church and we’re looking at a town nearly the size of Dunmanway, population wise” said Cllr Barry. Fianna Fail Cllr Padraig O’Sullivan said “Planning Policy seems to be front loading houses to the detriment of the community.” He said “even the likes of Knockraha that are traditionally small village developments, their term of scale is massive and they are going to become the new suburbs.”
A decision to form a Master plan of the “forgotten village” now rests with the Council’s policy and planning unit.