FERMOY SHOPPING CENTRE HELD UP BY PLANNING DELAY
Planning officials have yet to decide if they will give the go ahead for a multi million euro retail development in Fermoy.
The Shipton Group had expected to hear a decision on their proposed development on the former Cork Mart’s site in the town from An Bord Pleanala in the last week, only for the judgement to be delayed. Last September Fermoy Town Council officials denied the €100 million retail centre planning permission on the Cork Marts site, which was bought for €22.5million.
Mayor of Fermoy Tadhg O’Donovan, who spearheaded a petition in support of the development this week expressed his disappointment at An Bord Pleanala’s failure to reach a decision.
“Having collected over 3,000 signatures locally I am only too well aware that the vast majority of people in the community of Fermoy are supportive of the appeal of the Shipton Group. This project will lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs in Fermoy while generating millions in the local economy,” Mayor O’Donovan said.
“While the Fermoy area is losing jobs left, right and centre can we afford to allow the planning board to sit on its hands and turn its nose up at the development that has the potential to generate enormous employment opportunities in the town?” he asked.
A spokesperson for An Bord Pleanala said that it is unlikely that a decision will be made in the interim.
Friday 10th April 1:04pm