Work is set to begin next year.
Cork City Council has welcomed today’s judgement of the Supreme Court, which considered challenges relating to the planning consent issued by An Bord Pleanála for the Morrison’s Island Public Realm and Flood Defence Scheme in Cork City.
According to a statement issued by the City Council, the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court means that the validity of the existing planning approval has been “fully and finally” determined.
It is expected that the project will go to tender in Quarter 2 of 2023 with works expected to commence before the end of the year.
The Save Cork City group has long opposed the scheme, claiming that the OPW has not examined viable alternatives.
“The Morrison’s Island scheme will transform this part of Cork City and will deliver a high-quality public space at Parnell Plaza as well as an inviting quay-side promenade,” said Cork City Council Chief Executive, Ann Doherty.
“The area has so much more to offer, and Cork City Council intends to unlock that potential. It provides an opportunity for broader revitalisation and regeneration of the whole area.”
The project involves the delivery of high-quality public realm and landscaping along a 500-metre stretch of the River Lee in the city centre from Parnell Bridge to Parliament Bridge.
According to the Council, the scheme will provide flood protection for over 300 properties in a part of the city that suffers from regular tidal flooding.