Friday 27 February 2009

Plans for Cork science park to go on public display

OUTLINE plans for a Silicon Valley-style innovation and research campus on the outskirts of Cork city will go on display next week.

People have been invited to comment on and help shape the development of the country’s first science park which has the potential to create up to 6,000 jobs.

The Cork Science and Innovation Park, which analysts say will contribute about e450 million annually to the local economy, will be built on a 150-acre site at Curraheen.

County manager Martin Riordan has described it as a "defining project for Cork".

However, before work can start, there must be a variation to the Carrigaline electoral area plan, which governs the site, and a subsequent variation to the County Development Plan 2009 which was adopted recently.

The council must also assess the environmental impact of the proposed park.

The council will begin a four-week consultation process next week, with information available from council planning offices, libraries, and from the planning section of

An information session will also take place from 4pm to 8pm next Tuesday, March 3 in the foyer of County Hall where planning staff will be available to brief people.

The council will prepare a draft amendment to the local area plan and the county development plan.

Submissions can be made in writing to the planning policy unit in County Hall or by email to with the final date for submissions March 23.

Irish Examiner

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