Multi-billion euro plan to transform Cork Docklands goes on public display

A MULTI-BILLION euro draft plan to transform Cork Docklands into a top European urban quarter will go on public display for the first time next week.

Cork City Council has set up an online interactive forum to encourage as many people as possible to comment on the ambitious plan before a final draft is prepared and adopted.

The South Docks Local Area Plan outlines the council’s vision for the complete redevelopment of the 190-hectare docks site and its 4km waterfront.

Several landmark towers, some up to 20 storeys high, a huge public park, new bridges over the River Lee, up to 10,000 apartments and hi-tech offices are planned.

“The vision for this area is that of a vibrant and inclusive mixed-use urban quarter for Cork which can offer inhabitants and workers a high quality of life,” a council spokesman said.

The plan goes out for public consultation for 10 weeks from Monday.

It will be on public display in City Hall’s Millennium Hall for one week from Monday to Friday between 1pm and 7pm.

“This is your opportunity to let us know your views on the vision for the future development of this important part of the city,” the spokesman said.

The plan can also be viewed on www.corkcity.ie/docklands, in any city council public library, or at the council’s Docklands Directorate office on Floor 2 of City Hall each Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Submissions can be made until August 24.

The council also established a public consultation website accessed through the aforementioned address.

It offers contributors the chance to read the draft plan and comment on its vision.

It also allows people to vote on whether they think the plan makes the most of land in the area, and whether it is ambitious in terms of its scope.

“The council hopes that communities and individuals throughout the city will use this site to voice and convey their views on matters of interest at the local, community or city level,” the spokesman said.

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