Marina Market submits a fresh planning application, with an uncertain future
By The Headlines, May 14, 2023 | 04:45 PM
Up to 300 people are employed by the Cork city market, which has been struggling to remain open for months.
Owners of The Marina Market are still fighting for the market's future in Cork and have filed a new appeal with An Bord Pleanála.
When the initial planning proposal was rejected in November due to worries about Kennedy Quay's public safety and the dining area's proximity to Goulding's fertiliser business, locals in Cork were alarmed.
More than 30,000 people signed a petition to Cork City Council urging that the cherished market be allowed to continue operating because they were upset with the decision.
As the drama progresses, An Bord Pleanála has declared the most recent official appeal invalid, and the owners have submitted revised paperwork to try and address any lingering issues.
The proposed plan includes 44 bicycle places in addition to redesigning much of the market's layout and closing the Kennedy Quay entrance to the public. The owners of the market want to add a gallery and a health/lifestyle store to the location at the expense of some parking space.
The market's current entrances on Centre Park Road and Marina Walk will still be open to visitors.
The Kennedy Quay entry continues to be a significant worry for the council, which has expressed worries about sufficient infrastructure for both cars and pedestrians. According to the council, allowing the market to use Kennday Quay will result in an "increased risk of pedestrian and vehicular conflict" that is likely to put public safety in danger.
Several cars are seen parked along the quay in a video taken today as enthusiastic Leesiders make their way to the busy warehouse market.
As part of their request to grow, the site's owners are also asking for permission to continue operating as a food emporium. This is because, when the space became available via Covid, it required "change of use" authorization in order to convert its legal status from that of a fruit distribution warehouse.
The Health and Safety Authority of Ireland and a business speaking on behalf of the Port of Cork both expressed worries about the market in their contributions, which were both important to the council's decision to reject this portion of the November application.
As the ongoing planning fiasco continues, the Marina owners are reportedly collaborating closely with Cork City Council in an effort to address all ancillary concerns.
For the time being, things are continuing as usual at the Marina, which employs hundreds of people and every week brings thousands of locals and visitors to Leeside and brightens their days while operating without a permit.