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Minister cracks the whip over Cork county development plan variation

Words: Roger Milne
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Ireland's housing and urban development minister Damien English has taken action on the Office of the Planning Regulator’s (OPR) recommendation that he should direct an annulment of a variation to the Cork County Development Plan.

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government gave The Planner confirmation that the minister “has agreed to the OPR’s request, and he has written to Cork County Council to issue an intent to Direct pursuant to section 31 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended)”,

At issue is a recent change to the development plan designed to facilitate a proposed €100 million “tourist outlet village” earmarked for a site near Carrigtwohill outside the east Cork village of Killacoyne.

Planning regulator Niall Cussen said the variation was premature, as the regulator had requested that the alteration should not be made before an updated joint retail strategy for the Cork Metropolitan Area.

The regulator said the minister should direct the quashing of the variation in what would be the first use of its toughest power.

The local authority was asked to comment but has so far declined.

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