A €130 million euro development has received a cautious welcome by the Cobh /Glanmire municipal district.
O’Flynn Construction has by passed the local authority to avail of new fast track legislation through An Bord Pleanála.
Under strategic housing development plans, O’Flynn Construction envisage building over 600 new homes in Ballinglanna, Glanmire over the next three years.
Under the county development plan the local authority intend to develop 1300 new homes in the area by 2022.
The 35 hectare site, east of Glanmire village, includes plans for a, crèche, community centre, sports hall and retail area, with provision for a primary school held in reserve, if required in the future.
However Councillors have expressed some caution, fearing the scheme could put hundreds more cars on already overcrowded roads.
Cllrs at the January sitting of the borough said while extra housing was welcome, roads in the area need to be upgraded, before any construction would commence.
Labour Cllr Cathal Rasmussen said without proper road infrastructure in place, he feared the development would add to Glanmire’s already grid locked roads.
He said construction of the Dunkettle interchange which began recently may not keep pace with the construction of houses.
“It’s a huge development and a lot of it has to be welcomed but after 3 years you could have 400 homes there already and the Dunkettle interchange isn’t really finished.”
Fine Gael Cllr Sinead Sheppard said “Glanmire as it stands is absolutely crazy. There are days when you are in a car at a junction for 20 minutes and getting nowhere.”
“Even though we welcome houses, without the correct infrastructure it just becomes a nuisance and an absolute headache for the people who are already living in the area.”
While Cllr Ger Keohane said he had concerns that the new development would be linked to Fernwood Estate and in effect create a rat run going through an already busy estate.
The local authority say “the delivery of houses will be in tandem with road infrastructure improvements” already worked out with Cork County Council planners, backed by government grants and development contributions.
Last June the Minister for Housing approved a grant allocation to fund key infrastructure, capable of opening up land for development in the area.
Under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) €4.4 million was provided by the department with a further €1.5 investment by the local authority to facilitate the upgrade of the Dunkettle interchange, to lead to 608 new houses for the Glanmire area over the next 3 years.