A €100 million "Kildare Village" style retail plan could be back on track for East Cork after the planning minister sided against objections to the development
The Office of the Planning Regulator previously instructed Cork County Council not to allow British-based Rioja Estates to develop the centre in Carrigtwohill.
The Irish Examiner reports this morning that the Local Government and Planning Minister Peter Burke has, sided against the OPR objections to the local authority-backed development.
He recognised the High Court rulings which upheld that Cork County Council made its decision on the project in line with all national retail planning guidelines.
The OPR had ordered the County Council not to proceed with such developments until it had completed a joint retail study with the City Council. This order has also been rescinded by Peter Burke.
It's believed the move may help to reopen the path for developers to re-engage with the Council's planning department on the project