Monday 14 May 2007

€600m town near tourism hotspot sparks objections

MAJOR objections have been lodged to the proposed development of a €600m new town close to one of Ireland's top tourist attractions.

The massive development - which involves more than 2,000 residential dwellings - aims to create a new town just two miles outside Blarney in Co Cork.

The Cork village and the famous Blarney stone in its castle remains one of Ireland's top five tourist destinations.

Outline proposals for the new town project - which has been devised by Fleming Construction and Coleman Brothers - were lodged with Cork Co Council last February.

Already more than 30 objections have been received by the council.

The objections involve issues ranging from the scale of the developments to the lack of local facilities and to its potential environmental and transport impact.

Both developers have insisted their projects will include ample amenities - with Stoneview East and Stoneview West being developed alongside new schools, a public park, sports facilities and even a new rail station which will link Blarney with Cork city.

The developments also aim to promote a town centre-style retail element for Stoneview.

However, local politicians stressed that they want to see full details of the community infrastructure facilities as part of the Stoneview planning process.

Councillor John Gilroy said while development was important it had to include adequate planning for infrastructure and proper amenities.

Ralph Riegel
Irish Independent

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