New town must have train station - Bord Pleanála
An Bord Pleanála has sanctioned a €50m new Cork town but said development can only begin once a local railway station is completed.
The decision came after Cork County Council had been warned by locals that plans to create Monard town would leave the area facing "a Cork version of Darndale" (in Dublin).
The council plans up to new 5,000 homes at Monard, outside Blarney.
The new town will switch the development axis towards the Cork-Mallow corridor, rather the south and east of the city.
Despite a campaign by local residents against the proposals, and expressions of concern from councillors, the council last year agreed not to vote down the proposal.
The council also agreed to allow the Monard proposal, which includes a strategic rezoning, to be referred to An Bord Pleanála.