The decision date on plans for a controversial commercial incinerator in Cork Harbour has been extended for a second time, an Bord Pleanála has confirmed.

A decision on Indaver Ireland's plans for a €160 million hazardous and municipal waste incinerator in the harbour had been due in July but was deferred until this week.

The board confirmed this afternoon that the deadline has been extended again, with a decision due between now and 24 January 2017.

The controversial application was the subject of a 17-day oral hearing earlier this year, with more than 220 submissions  including objections from all four Cork South Central TDs, including the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon  Coveney and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

It is Indaver Ireland's third application to build a 240,000 tonne commercial waste facility at Ringaskiddy. 

The last application was refused in 2011 following a 20-day hearing in 2009.