THE LONG RUNNING saga surrounding the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh appears to be at an end following An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant permission for work to go ahead.
In its decision to give the green light to the new facility, An Bord Pleanála found the proposed work was in accordance with the “proper planning and sustainable development of the area” surrounding the stadium.
There are some conditions attached to the new facilities – which will include new playing and training facilities, performance assessment and rehab facilities, an all-weather pitch, restaurants, conference facilities and a museum – including that work must be completed within 10 years.
Local residents will also have to be informed when the floodlights on the all-weather pitch will be in operation.
In a statement this afternoon, Cork County Board chairman Bob Ryan said:
“Cork County Board is delighted with An Bord Pleanála’s decision and the completion of the appeals process. This is a really welcome decision for all those with an interest in Gaelic games and sport.
“The redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh will provide top class facilities and meet present day expectations of players and spectators. It will ensure that Cork has a proper home to showcase Gaelic games and an infrastructure to develop young players into the future.
“Today’s decision is also a very important moment for Cork as it allows us to progress a project that holds out so many economic, recreational and community positives for the city and county.
“Our aim is to commence the construction phase from February next, in consultation with our neighbours with whom we want to work closely in the years ahead. We look forward to working with them to ensure the stadium’s operations work smoothly and can be a resource for the local community.”