Blackrock Village Area Action Plan

Cork City Council adopted the Blackrock Village Area Action Plan at its Council meeting on the 10th April 2006. This followed extensive consultation on the Draft Plan, which was published in October 2005.

This Area Action Plan has been prepared to provide a strategy for improving the centre of Blackrock village. The City Council believe that now is the right time to undertake the improvement of the village for a variety of reasons. The village has tremendous potential given its existing assets, including its location fronting onto the River Lee and at the centre of surrounding residential areas, and its role as the physical, social and services focus for the surrounding village. The redevelopment of the former Ursuline Convent site also presents the opportunity to create a new Blackrock Public Park.

Blackrock Village Area Action Plan
The Core Plan Area

The City Council commissioned consultants to prepare a strategy for the improvement of the village in 2004. The outcome of this was the Blackrock Village and Harbour Study (BVHS) prepared by O’ Mahony Pike Architects. This area action plan has been prepared to deliver the key concepts contained in the study prepared, taking the ideas and developing them into a formal framework that can be implemented by the City Council and its partners in the community and development sectors.

With the adoption of the Area Action Plan in April 2006 the City Council agreed a strategy for the improvement of Blackrock Village. This followed a full public consultation process, with the final plan being amended to reflect the aspirations of the community, preserving and enhancing the village and its setting.

Blackrock Village Framework Plan

The Framework Plan

This plan is a non-statutory “corporate plan” and its purpose is to amplify the objectives set out in the Cork City Development Plan 2004, and to identify specific actions with targets and responsibilities for delivery have been identified within the plan for the delivery of improvement. Key projects include:

  • Blackrock Harbour - the improvement of the harbour and its setting and the and development of adjacent sites capable of providing much-needed local services, such as shops and cafes, as well as waterside dwellings;
  • Blackrock Park – a new public park for the village to the front of the former Ursuline building, including the provision of an improved community centre;
  • Blackrock Harbour to Blackrock Castle Walkway – along the edge of the water forming part of the Banks of the Lee walkway.

These will be delivered in the next few years and will be a credit to the village and the city as a whole, putting Blackrock on the map and giving it the quality of environment that it deserves. The City Council investment in these three key projects is likely to exceed €6million, and this represents a significant investment in Blackrock and the amenities of the city as a whole.

In addition, Recreation, Amenity and Culture are developing an Adventure Playground on The Marina to provide for the needs of Blackrock and the wider area.

The Project Team have made significant progress in advancing the implementation of the plan, and consultants are due to be commissioned to prepare a detailed design for the landmark landscape project, including Harbour Square and Blackrock Park. In addition, the provision of an improved community centre to provide for the needs of the key community stakeholders within the park will also be delivered as part of the project.

Thank you for helping to shape the future of Blackrock. 

Download the Plan

The Blackrock Village Area Action Plan(1,954KB)

Foreward and Introduction(355KB)

Village Design Strategy(1,078KB)

Implementation Strategy(58KB)


To obtain a hard copy of the plan please write to the undersigned.

Kevin Terry, Director of Services & City Engineer,
Planning & Development Directorate, Cork City Council,
Navigation House, Albert Quay, Cork.
Phone: 021- 4924450