Coun­cil to sell house it just bought

Irish Examiner - - News - Eoin English

A city plans to sell a his­toric derelict house and nearby lands just months af­ter buy­ing them as part of a strate­gic €2.6m 106-acre land deal.

Cork City Coun­cil in­sisted that its plan to dis­pose of Inchi­gag­gin House and sell a nearby site, as well as leas­ing larger parcels of land strad­dling Car­ri­gro­hane Rd, just four months af­ter com­plet­ing the over­all pur­chase, will help it re­cover a por­tion of the pur­chase costs and will not im­pact on its plans for the area, which in­clude pro­vid­ing more recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties there.

A re­view of sport­ing needs is now planned ahead of the city bound­ary ex­ten­sion.

The de­tail is con­tained in re­sponses to ques­tions from Fine Gael coun­cil­lor John But­timer about the re­cent land deal on the back of the coun­cil’s ex­ist­ing land own­er­ship there.

“We’ve been sit­ting on land for 10 years here that we haven’t de­vel­oped yet. We now need a com­pre­hen­sive plan and we need to se­cure fund­ing to de­velop mean­ing­ful sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ameni­ties in this area,” he said.

In 2006, the city bought 36 acres at Leemount, and in 2009, it bought 19 acres on Inchi­gag­gin Lane, which leads from Car­ri­gro­hane Rd to Model Farm Rd.

In June, it con­cluded the pur­chase of a 106-acre prop­erty mix around Inchi­gag­gin Lane and on Car­ri­gro­hane Rd which had been of­fered for sale last year fol­low­ing High Court in­struc­tions through a re­ceiver.

The deal in­cluded 30 acres, in­clud- ing Inchi­gag­gin House, which is in a land­scape preser­va­tion zone, and 76 acres both north and south of Car­ri­gro­hane Rd, which is zoned prom­i­nent and strate­gic met­ro­pol­i­tan green­belt. All the land is un­der grass.

The derelict, pro­tected, nine-bay, two-storey house dat­ing from about 1800 is in a poor state of re­pair and in need of com­plete re­fur­bish­ment.

The coun­cil’s of­fer of €2.63m was rec­om­mended for ac­cep­tance to the High Court in June 2017 but the land did not for­mally come into city own­er­ship un­til June 6, 2018.

In re­sponse to Mr But­timer’s queries, the coun­cil said the re­cent “strate­gic ac­qui­si­tion” of the 106 acres “adds to and con­sol­i­dates” the coun­cil’s land­bank in the area and will give it an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and ameni­ties in the area, and cap­i­talise on op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by the OPW’s planned flood de­fence works along the Lee Fields.

Of­fi­cials said given the con­di­tion and her­itage sta­tus of Inchi­gag­gin House, it is not suit­able for coun­cil use and sale on the open mar­ket is the pre­ferred op­tion.

They plan to sell a 4.8-acre site to the west of Inchi­gag­gin Lane, with ac­cess to Model Farm Rd, and rein­vest the pro­ceeds in new amenity fa­cil­i­ties. And they plan to dis­pose by way of a short-term lease for agri­cul­tural use the re­main­ing 28 acres of land around Inchi­gag­gin House, 29 acres to the west of Inchi­gag­gin Lane, and 60 acres to the north of Car­ri­gro­hane Rd.

The var­i­ous dis­pos­als are due be­fore coun­cil­lors next month for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Cork City Coun­cil pur­chased a 106-acre prop­erty mix, in­clud­ing Inchi­gag­gin House, around Inchi­gag­gin Lane and Car­ri­gro­hane Rd for €2.6m. Just months af­ter com­plet­ing the deal, it plans to dis­pose of the house, sell a nearby site, and lease larger parcels of land.

Inchi­gag­gin House is not suit­able for coun­cil use, say of­fi­cials.

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