Developer seeks fast-track approval for scheme with 515 houses

O’Flynn Group looking to build scheme on 31-hectare site near Glanmire in Co Cork

Developer Michael O’Flynn said the new fast-track planning rules would “help to address Ireland’s chronic housing supply issues”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Developer Michael O’Flynn said the new fast-track planning rules would “help to address Ireland’s chronic housing supply issues”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

 

One of the State’s most high-profile developers, Michael O’Flynn is taking advantage of new Government “fast-track planning” laws to seek permission for his group’s largest house plan since the economic recovery.

Cork-based O’Flynn Group is looking to build 515 houses, a creche, retail units and a community centre on a 31-hectare site at Ballinglanna, located east of Glanmire village in Co Cork.

Mr O’Flynn said yesterday that the new Government fast-track planning rules would “help to address Ireland’s chronic housing supply issues”.

The estimated value of the development is about €130 million and the O’Flynn Group has bypassed Cork County Council’s planning department and lodged the plans direct to An Bord Pleanála in a two-step process as a result of the recently-introduced fast-track planning system for housing developments of more than 100 homes.

The lodging of the plans with the appeals board follows the board issuing a public notice last week warning of delays in dealing with cases. It stressed, however, that “certain categories of cases, for example strategic infrastructure, major housing developments and school projects, will continue to be prioritised for decision”.