PLANS for a "local retail centre" in Cork’s western suburbs have been shot down after councillors voted unanimously against rezoning.
All 27 councillors who attended Monday night’s council meeting voted against the recommendation of planners to rezone the site off the Melbourne Road to facilitate the development.
The project at a site near the Rossbrook estate and the former Tennis Village faced opposition from RGDATA and local business owners.
Several local shop owners at the meeting applauded after the vote.
The issue came before councillors after planners assessed a planning application by Melbourne Management, associated with developers Michael and John O’Flynn, to change uses of eight business, enterprise and light industrial units at the former Melbourne Business Centre, to provide a 4,500 square-foot local retail centre, with off-licence and four other shops.
It is understood that TescoExpress was lined up as the intended anchor for the larger unit of the proposed retail centre.
The project was aimed at serving the large CIT student catchment in the area and its extensive purpose-built student accommodation.
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