Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Department of Defence
Question 342: To ask the Minister for Defence if he will make a statement on land owned by his Department in Templebreedy, Crosshaven, County Cork in view of the fact that under the Cork County Development Plan 2009, Templebreedy Fort and lands are classified as a protected structure; his views on providing this land to Cork County Council to be used as a public amenity; and if he will reopen negotiations with Cork County Council regarding the transfer of these lands. [7477/09]
The lands owned by my Department at Templebreedy, Crosshaven comprises 37 acres and is no longer used for military purposes. Cork County Council recently added the structure of Fort Templebreedy to the Record of Protected Structures under Section 12(6) of the Planning and Development Act 2000. My Department had previous discussions with the Local Authority concerning the transfer of the property to it. As is current Government Policy, the disposal of any property by my Department must realise the full commercial value of that property. However, the Local Authority had sought to obtain the property free of charge and negotiations were concluded at that stage. Should the Local Authority now wish to purchase this property it should indicate this to my Department.