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Current Public Consultations

Cork County Council and Cork City Council have prepared a Metropolitan Cork Joint Retail Strategy for the Metropolitan Area of Cork, including Cork city and suburbs, and the towns of Ballincollig, Blarney, Carrigaline, Carrigtwohill, Cobh, Douglas, Glanmire, Midleton, Passage West.

The Metropolitan Cork Joint Retail Strategy sets out the retail hierarchy, which will form the basis for the broad quantum, location and function of retail development needs over the strategy period.

The Metropolitan Cork Joint Retail Strategy is informed by the background document, namely, the Metropolitan Cork Joint Retail Study prepared by John Spain Associates, Chartered Consultants.  Copies of the Retail Strategy and the supporting Retail Study are available for inspection via the Cork City and the Cork County Library Services, and online on and

Please click on the links below to view the Joint Strategy and the background study documents.

Metropolitan Cork Joint Retail Strategy December 2013

Metropolitan Cork Joint Retail Study

Metropolitan Cork Joint Retail Study Appendices

Statutory Consultations and Other Public Consultations

As local planning authority Cork City Council consults on a range of statutory and non-statutory planning issues under the Planning and Development Act 2000.

The Planning and Development Act 2000 makes specific provision for citizens to put forward their view or have their say on the future planning and development of the city. The Act also makes specific provision for individuals to be notified of proposals in specific circumstances (e.g. property owners and occupiers). The Act requires notified parties to make written submissions to the local planning authority in relation to those issues set out in statutory notices. Opportunities to make written observations are advertised / invited by way of statutory public notices in locally circulating newspapers.

In addition to the statutory notifications required under the law, consultation can also take the form of public meetings, seminars, workshops, or meetings to inform the formulation of Council plans and policy and serve as an input into determining planning applications.

The following are currently live proposals that we invite you to take a look at:

Statutory Consultations

The City Council is required to consult on a range of issues, including:

  • The Development Plan process and changes to the plan (“Variations”);
  • Local area plans process and changes to plans;
  • Additions to the Record of Protected Structures;
  • Planning applications which the City Council wishes to grant but which do not conform to the objectives set out in the development plan (called a “material contravention of the development plan”);
  • City Council development proposals requiring planning permission;

This list includes links to current statutory consultations:

Other Public Consultations

The City Council also consults the general public on non-statutory planning issues, including:

  • Area Action Plans and non-statutory stages of consultation in relation to local area plans;
  • Other strategy documents that the City Council is preparing (e.g. the Heritage Plan); and
  • Grants schemes that the Planning and Development Directorate administrate.;

This list includes links to current non-statutory proposals: