Call for Glountaune Masterplan

By Seamus Whelehan

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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.



  1. Making it up as they go along, not one of these councillors has a clue and their collective brainpower and amnesia has the developers seriously concerned that they may not get away with further savings that they hope to make on cuts in quality and ‘self regulation’ which puts an onus on them to comply with the existing shoddy building regulations that continue unenforced. Glounthaune is a racetrack that might prove attractive as a Formula One street circuit that could compete with Monaco pretty soon if these councillors sit on their hands doing nothing. The hills surrounding the principality are ripe for exploitation and I’m sure representatives of the people who are well versed in the auctioneering game will be rubbing their hands. Same as it ever was.
    Only for Fitzpatrick’s Shop and the tidy town volunteers in Glounthaune the place would resemble the blight that has overrun Little Island and in truth there will be very little to distinguish between the two sooner than you think.

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