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Cork City Council announces the projects that it is seeking funding for under the Government's Urban Regeneration Development Fund

Cork City Council has announced details of the recent applications for funding from the Urban Regeneration Development Fund.

Cork City Council’s applications are in line with the ambition of Project Ireland 2040 National Planning Framework and are set within the framework of Cork 2050, (March 2017), the joint Cork City and County submission to the National Planning Framework (NPF). The proposed development projects will ultimately support the delivery of in excess of 10,000 residential units and support a large amount of permitted and future commercial development. The packages of projects for which funding is sought aims to support more compact and sustainable development, by enabling a greater proportion of housing and commercial development to be delivered within the existing built-up footprint of the city, ensuring that our urban areas become more attractive and vibrant place.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Mick Finn said: “Some of these projects are transformative for Cork and have been delayed to date by the absence of substantial funding opportunities. Urban regeneration is a must if Cork is to realise its potential, particularly as it is about to expand and double in size. This funding needs to be allocated quickly and efficiently and not be kept on the long finger.” 

The National Planning Framework has a number of key objectives for Cork, including a significant population growth in Cork City and suburbs with target increases of 75,000 by 2031 and by 125,000 by 2040. The NPF requires that 50% of the growth target would be located on brownfield lands and other sites within the existing built up area. 

The application for funding by Cork City Council in excess of €115 million focuses on projects to: 

  • Develop the Beamish and Crawford/Grand Parade Transformation Quarter in the City Centre including public realm works, upgrading of Bishop Lucey Park new pedestrian/cycle bridges and other supporting works including acquisition and a separate application to upgrade the English Market;
  • Continue the regeneration of Cork Docklands as a new urban quarter with a particular focus on the required infrastructure including the Eastern Gateway Bridge, amenity works, city quays acquisition and resolution of SEVESO issues;
  • Commence development of the North East Orbital Road to access residential development lands and provide dedicated public transportation infrastructure in the Ballyvolane Urban Expansion Area;
  • Further develop Cork’s Strategic Parks including Marina Park in City Docklands and Tramore Valley Park as a key component of the region’s quality of life.

These projects will directly contribute to the outcomes identified in the Project Ireland National Planning Framework/National Development Plan. The organisations supporting the Cork City Council bid are:  Land Development Agency, National Treasury Management Agency, Cork Airport, Cork County Council, Port of Cork, National Transport Authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Bus Eireann, Iarnrod Eireann, Cork Chamber, Bam Contractors Ltd, O’Callaghan Properties ULC, Miata Limited, Origin Enterprises PLC, Glenveagh Properties PLC, John Cleary Development Group, Longview Estates Limited, The Office of Public Works, Failte Ireland, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, Southern Regional Assembly, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare and The Health Service Executive.

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