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Councillor opposes land sale

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 4:13pm

Plans for a private hotel in Cobh are being opposed by a local councillor.

Independent councillor Diarmaid O’Cadhla is opposing a motion to sell a portion of public land in Newtown, Cobh, for use as a hotel.

The proposal to sell a five-acre area of the site was tabled by Independent Cork County Cllr Kieran McCarthy at a Cobh municipal district meeting recently.

The 57-acre area is currently zoned for development of 225 public housing units, as well as for open space and amenities.

Cllr O’Cadhla is arguing that selling the land could lead to objections to the housing from the hotel’s owners in the future.

Adding that he was not opposed to the possibility of a hotel on the site, saying there was a lack of hotel beds in Cobh, he said the issue of housing should be addressed first.

He said: “There is a proposal for the development of public housing units, and that’s what is most important to advance, given our current homeless crisis and waiting lists for housing."

Councillors agreed to contact the Council for its position on the possible rezoning of the land, as well as other possible locations for the hotel development in Cobh.

Cllr O’Cadhla is currently carrying out a public survey on the issue, which has so far found 47.1 per cent of respondents opposed to selling public land for private development.

While he didn't divulge the exact number of respondents, the councillor said the number was in the three figure range.

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