The Port of Cork has said it is deeply disappointed and surprised at An Bord Pleanála's decision to turn down its proposals to move its city operations to Ringaskiddy at a cost of €225m.

The board held a three-week public hearing in April after it received over 500 written submissions against the proposed development for a massive container terminal at Ringaskiddy.

Two of the main reasons given for turning the application down were excess traffic and congestion on the existing road network if the development went ahead.

The board also had the view that the development would be a retrograde step because it would never have the benefit of a rail link.

Solicitor for Cork Harbour Environmental Protection Association Joe Noonan said he thought the statutory bodies could do more to liaise with people in the area.

The CHEPA was relieved and pleased with the decision, he added.