The saga continues.
Last week, we covered the strong opposition by the residents of Tullig and Reenascreena to the development of a major warehouse being built in their community by West Cork Distillers.
This week, Cork County Council has rendered a verdict that plans for the 25,000 square metre facility is invalid. A letter was sent to the residents’ group which read: “In Accordance with Article 26 of the Planning and Development Regulation, 2001, (as amended), the above application has been declared invalid and cannot be considered by the planning authority.”
The residents – who submitted a 53-page opposition to the plans – have welcomed the news.
“Anything that hinders this inappropriate industrial development is good news,” said local resident Calvin Jones, part of the recently formed Tullig and Reenascreena Community Group.
“While we fully expect the company to resubmit its application, this pause gives West Cork Distillers’ board and investors an ideal opportunity to reconsider their position. We’re calling on them to take this chance to realign with their brand values, and demonstrate some of the respect for West Cork’s landscape, people and community their CEO insists is at the core of their business identity by pursuing this industrial warehousing development in a more appropriate location.”
However, residents of the areas see this as early days in a battle to preserve their landscape and biodiversity from such a development.
“This changes nothing,” said engineer Niall Dignan, a Tullig resident and producer of West Cork Honey.
“It’s a calculated strategy. I assume West Cork Distillers knew there was an issue with their application when they submitted it. It allows them to see the submissions and gauge opposition to their plans. They’ll use this opportunity to address issues raised and resubmit a revised version without losing their original application fee.
“In Gaelic football terms we’re only at the first water break. West Cork Distillers have picked up a tick, but no yellow card. The game is still very much on.” As of yet, the residents’ group is unaware on what grounds the proposal was declared invalid.