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  • An Bord Pleanala Grant Permission for Multipurpose/Events Centre in Cork City

    An Bord Pleanala have granted permission for a large multi purpose/events centre in Albert Quay East, Cork City with a gross floor area of 8,425sq.m.  The venue will be used for concerts, conferences, sporting and leisure events and trade shows.

    The site is located in an area zoned as Commercial Core Area in the Cork City Development Plan 2009-2015 with the objective “to support the retention and expansion of a wide range of commercial, cultural, leisure and residential uses in the commercial core area (apart from comparison retail uses)”.  The An Bord Pleanala Inspector recommended a refusal on the basis of overdevelopment.

    “Having regard to;  • The quantum of development being proposed on a relatively restricted site,  • The complex and counterintuitive access arrangements which  patrons would be required to adopt,  • To the likelihood of significant numbers of pedestrians congregating on a relatively narrow footpath in proximity to a busy traffic route and a proposed Bus Rapid Transit lane,    • To the single public street frontage available to accommodate access for patrons, performers and services,  • To the inadequate provision for disabled parking and bicycle parking,   It is considered that the proposed development would comprise over development of a restricted site and through the creation of congestion and conflict between pedestrians and vehicular traffic on Albert Quay East and the surrounding road network would endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard.”

    The Board however granted permission subject to 17 no. conditions.   In deciding not to accept the Inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission, the Board had agreed that the proposed development as originally conceived, with a single point of access and egress from Albert Quay, represented a potential danger to public safety by reason of traffic hazard. However, the Board considered that the revised proposal which incorporates a second point of access/egress to Albert Road overcame this concern.

    This case clearly points out the necessity to review the proposed design as part of any appeal as the Board are open to design modifications, but only where they consider that the suggested modifications are reasonable and don’t deviate from the public notices. Essentially the modifications should be of a nature that they could be conditioned.


    Published on July 30, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions;
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