MITCHELSTOWN RUMPUS OVER PLANNING INVESTIGATION
Locals who own property on a list of proposed heritage sites have been unsettled by recent reports of possible action by Cork County Council against a store in Mitchelstown, according to a local councillor, writes Joe Leogue.
Fine Gael County Councillor Liam O’Doherty made the claim after it was revealed in last week’s issue of The Avondhu that the local authority is investigating the possibility of taking action against the owner and proprietor of a Lower Cork Street property who painted the protected building without the required planning permission.
Now landowners, who discovered last July that their properties were added to a list of suggested protected sites by the Mitchelstown Heritage Society, fear that the case serves as an example of the restrictive measures that could be imposed upon their land and buildings should they be declared as sites of historical significance.
The proposed additions to the record of protected structures are included in the latest review of the County Development Plan.
Mitchelstown dominates the list of proposed additions. Of the 60 proposed additions to the record of protected structures for the entire county of Cork, 45 are structures and land within the Mitchelstown area.
Members of the public who own property on the list of proposed sites of historical significance were formally informed by Cork County Council and given the opportunity to make their own submissions or objections before the deadline which has been extended beyond the original submission date of Friday, September 26.
Thursday 16th October 6:24pm