‘SERIOUS CONCERNS’ OVER SHIPTON DEVELOPMENT
A communication from Fermoy Town Council to the Shipton Group has expressed serious concerns about the possible impact that the proposed development at the former mart site may have on the town centre, writes Antonia Zane.
A letter sent by the Fermoy Town Council states that “the planning authority is seriously concerned about the impact the proposal may have on Fermoy town centre and other town centres”.
Shipton Development Group will now have nine months to respond with the supporting documentation to the proposed rectifications requested by Fermoy County Council, to allow the development of the former mart site to begin.
Cllr Tadhg O’Donovan says, “I am aware of the complexity of the application and I’m appealing to the developer to make the information requested available in a timely manner to enable the local authority to make a decision sooner rather than later because of the enormous good that can be derived by the entire community through what is in essence the rejuvenation of the retail sector in Fermoy town”.
The information requested by Fermoy Town Council seeks clarification on whether or not the proposal would diminish attracting private investment into the surrounding town centres, cause an increase in the number of vacant properties in the primary retail area, ensure a high standard of access by public transport, foot and car and link effectively with the existing town centre for a desired effect of ‘commercial synergy’.
It seems as if information will need to be provided by the developers in relation to the following issues - the impact on traffic at morning and evening peak hours, design and construction details on the proposed pedestrian bridge, an increase in the number of parking spaces provided, a detailed flood model, a reduction in the density of buildings on the site as well as in the height of the buildings.
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