THE 20 ACRE SITE THAT LIES IDLE
The IDA Park in Fermoy is still empty, and with no sign of a change in its status in the near future, the RTE programme, Pobal, sought to investigate the problem. They were in Fermoy exploring some of the issues that could be factored into the current situation, but it’s clear that there is a problem.
The IDA describes the 20-acre park as a ‘fully serviced site suitable for greenfield projects and with advanced planning permissions for office type accommodation’. Yet, there has been no development whatsoever on the site.
Meanwhile the park continues to be maintained, with landscapers keeping it in good condition on an ongoing basis. Pobal spoke to local Gaelscoil principal Sean MacGearailt, and other locals in an attempt to understand the reasons behind the vacant site.
An additional 49-acre greenfield site is also awaiting commercial development across the road, and it is as yet, unsold. The site, which has the same strategic location and open space, should also offer potential developers. Yet other locations are proving more fruitful.
The old service station at Carrignagroghera is currently at the initial phase of development. A planning application has been lodged by a Cork city based company to develop four commercial units of 1,000sq.m. each, two retail units of 1,010sq.m, 82 car park spaces and associated site works.
Meanwhile the old Blackwater Motors site is also in the process of redevelopment, and the old filling station and showroom have almost been completely demolished.
Thursday 6th March 3:30pm