Decision in favour of Cork retail centre challenged


A HIGH Court challenge has been brought against planning permission for a new local retail centre at Model Farm Road, Cork.

Raymond Dennehy, Manor Hill, Ballinacollig, Co Cork, and Brian Herlihy, Muladhara Ballinaboy, Ballinhassig, are seeking orders overturning a September 2011 decision by An Bord Pleanála granting permission for the development.

The application for the development was made by Melbourne Management Company Ltd and involves the change of eight units at the park into one retail unit.

Mr Dennehy and Mr Herlihy, represented by Oisín Collins, contend the proposed development materially contravenes the Cork City Development plan. The zoning of the lands at issue does not permit retail development, they claim.

Mr Justice Michael Peart granted the applicants’ ex-parte application (one side only represented) for leave to bring the case and returned the matter to a date in December.