Commercial property: Decision due on events centre modifications

A decision on the modifications proposed to part of the Brewery Quarter events centre complex in Cork’s inner city is due within weeks.

A decision on the modifications proposed to part of the Brewery Quarter events centre complex in Cork’s inner city is due within weeks.

Further information has been supplied for BAM Property Ltd in response to queries by Cork City Council on plans that would see increased student accommodation replace office space and much of the retail aspects previously permitted for the northern part of the old Beamish brewery site.

The council’s request in November for further information asked the applicant to detail the impact of the new design on views from different aspects of the city and to address concerns about potential impact on neighbouring properties.

These and other issues were dealt with in a series of submissions to the council in late January and a decision is now likely on the file within a fortnight.

It is almost seven years since planning was first sought for the former brewery site to be converted to a major events centre, and over five years since final permission was given for the main development by An Bord Pleanála.

The application currently under application suggested that the increased number of student apartments, rising from 48 to 61 and with space for over 400 students, could be provided in time for the September 2018 academic year but that is no longer certain as the file remains under consideration and with the potential for further delays if a successful outcome is appealed

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Planning permissions for two major office developments on adjoining sites in Dublin’s south inner city have been referred to An Bord Pleanála.

The plans relate to the Apollo House complex, recently vacated by campaigners to house homeless people, and the Department of Health’s Hawkins House in Dublin 2.

The Hawkins House applicationwas granted permission by the council before Christmas.

The Apollo House plans were also approved just over a week before Christmas, based on an application submitted last August.

As well as the vacant office block on Tara Street, the adjoining 9 to 11 Townsend Street which includes the Long Stone pub were proposed for demolition.

The joint receivers of Caprum Prop Ltd, a T. O’Brien and S. Coyle of Mazars, sought permission to demolish the existing buildings. They plan to build an office complex of five to 12-storey height, with gross floor area of over 16,000sq m, to include two café/restaurant/retail units at ground floor, as well as a bar/restaurant space.

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A plan for more than 30 new homes in south county Dublin has been approved for a firm chaired by Cork developer Michael O’Flynn.

O’Flynn Capital Partners made the application last August for part development of two acres of the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone Scheme in Cabinteely.

The planned development of 11 inner city apartments in Cork’s former dental hospital has been approved with amendments after an appeal.

The decision of An Bord Pleanála upholds that of last August by cork City Council in relation to the two-storey building at John Redmond Street near Shandon.

It was proposed by Jonathan Chattey and John O’Meara that the building, currently in use as a community arts centre, be extended upward by two floors.

The application originally proposed seven apartments within the existing facilities, with four more to be included in the extension. The mix of apartment sizes — six one-beds, three two-bed and two three-beds — was among the concerns of Shandon Area Renewal Association in its appeal to the board last September.

In response to the issues raised, the conditions attached to the permission issued in late January include the amalgamation of two one-bed units to form a single two-bed apartment, and the revised layout of one apartments to change it from a three-bed to two bedrooms.

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Cork City Council has approved an extension to The Raven pub in South Main Street.

The Raven Partnership’s application last August was for the removal of an internal wall of a bakery and shop premises adjoining the Liberty Street side of the street corner bar. This adjoining property was the subject of a change-of-use request to café/bar/restaurant use, and also for a ground floor rear extension.

The council has now given permission, subject to conditions, for the plans.



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