GAA chiefs express “extreme disappointment” at Páirc’s refusal to plan

The GAA was denied planning for a renovation of the Páirc Uí Chaoimh GAA stadium in Cork City because it included proposals for two parking lots on public grounds.

The proposed car parks are in an area designated to be part of the Marina Linear Park, which develops around the south side of the stadium.

In their decision, the planners said there was a presumption against the development of zoned land for open public spaces, and they said the location of parking lots would significantly limit the council’s ability to develop a large iconic public park like planned.

They said the proposed parking lots are in an area identified as flood storage for Marina Park, and allowing parking lots would limit the amount of flood storage available in the park and in the broader dock drainage strategy.

They also stated that since the site is in an area identified as flood storage, the applicant was required to provide a flood impact assessment with the planning request, but none were included. .

CGI images of the proposed redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork.

Colm O’Leary, of the Ballintmple Area Residents Association, who led the opposition to the parking element, said the denial was the right move.

We hope the stadium will be successful, but not at any cost or to the detriment of Marina Park, ”he said.

He thanked the more than 100 people who made submissions on the planning request and all the local politicians who supported them.

In a statement, the board of directors of Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium and Cork GAA said they had made the decision with “surprise and extreme disappointment,” and said serious security concerns and infrastructure deficits could ‘impede the development of the stadium in the future remain. .

“The intention of the Board of Directors and of Cork GAA has always been to improve the functioning of the stadium and to improve its interaction and integration with Marina Park,” they said.

As applicants, we expected a request for additional information from the planning department and we would have fully engaged in this process, as is standard practice in most requests of this size and size. magnitude. No such request was received.

“The problem of the lack of disabled parking spaces near the stadium, which was highlighted in the bid, remains a critical deficit.

“The Board of Directors will continue to seek an appropriate solution to the problems described and will now consider all options. “

CGI images of the proposed redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork.
CGI images of the proposed redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork.

Just four years after the 90 million euro renovation of the sports field, Páirc Uí Chaoimh CTR applied to Cork City Council in July for a building permit for a series of improvements to the stadium and around the stadium.

Besides parking lots, it included proposals for a new GAA museum, exhibit, visitor center and cafe, for additional use of the conference center and new entrance porches at the ends of town and Blackrock.

Green Party Councilor Dan Boyle said the denial was the right decision and suggested that the application be resubmitted without the excessive parking spaces.