Planning for 200 Homes near Ballinacurra Refused

by SEAMUS WHELEHAN

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An Application lodged with An Bórd Pleanála for the construction of almost 200 new homes near Midleton has been refused. The Planning Authority turned down the application by Glenveagh Homes Ltd, stating that there is no capacity in the Midleton network for additional wastewater.

Glenveagh Homes Ltd had bypassed Cork County Council to avail of fast track legislation to build 176 mixed type units, including a Crèche, on a 13 acre site at Maple Woods Estate, near Ballinacurra. The 176 units represent an accumulative total of 311 from the existing development, with the new units aimed at first time buyers as the majority of house types will be of the 2 and 3 bedroom variety.

In his Report the Inspector, Stephen Rhys Thomas, said there was a lack of certainty that the capacity issues would be addressed. “In the absence of this improved Wastewater Treatment capacity, it would be prejudicial to public health” he said. A new Pumping Station and Rising Main is planned as part of the Water Rock Master Plan to pump waste to Carrigtwohill, helping free up capacity at the Midleton facility. Irish Water say they intend to have the new infrastructure operational by 2021.

Last year local Cllrs expressed their concerns over the development, fearing it would clog up roads, put untold strain on infrastructure, and lacked connectivity with the nearby village. Future development plans along the busy R630 were dealt a blow by Transport Infrastructure Ireland last week in their refusal to fund a slip road off the Lakeview Roundabout to ease congestion. The National Roads Authority said “it’s not a national roads issue.” The development at Maple Woods was to include some improvements to the regional road, footpaths, cycleway and bus layby, running from the site to the Bailick Road junction. A Toucan crossing linking to Ballinacurra village, new bus stops on both sides of the road and a footpath connection to the Grotto junction are also proposed.

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