€120m housing projects get green light

TWO housing projects, believed to be worth a combined €120 million, have been given the go-ahead in a Co Cork town.

Planners yesterday granted permission for schemes at Coolfadda and Kilbrogan in Bandon.

Local company Brady Construction Ltd is building the largest of the two projects. It will construct 256 houses, a creché, sports pitches, recycling facilities, an amenity walkway, as well as five serviced sites.

The second project features 153 two and three-storey homes and play areas. This will be constructed by developers D Dunne and T O’Connor, whose company is based at Proby’s Quay in Cork City.

The council has also given County Cork VEC the green light to proceed with building a community college at Sheskin, Bantry.

It is proposed that the 650-pupil school will have a number of playing pitches and a running track. In addition council officials have also granted permission, on the same site, for Gaelscoil Bheanntraí to construct an eight-classroom school.

Meanwhile, the council has received an application for 205 houses at Carrignavar. The application, from Limerick-based Chieftain Construction, consists of a mixed development of three and four-bed semi-detached homes, some detached houses and terraced houses.

Blarney is also being earmarked for more homes. O’Leary and O’Sullivan Developments, a company based at Vicarstown, is proposing to construct 98 houses, a community centre, creché, serviced sites and a number of retail and commercial units at Courtbrack.

Developer Ted O’Connor from Crosses Green in Cork has his eye on Douglas. He’s seeking permission to build 54 apartments in three storey blocks at Casteletreasure, Donnybrook.

Douglas Properties is hoping to get the green light for 15 homes at Bweeng, while Colm and Fergus Murphy want to building 27 houses and a creché at Mountrivers, Rylane.

Glenahulla, near Mitchelstown, has been earmarked for a possible 24 homes and seven serviced sites by Robin Smith. In nearby Fermoy the Health Service Executive (Southern Region) has applied for permission to construct a 30-bed single storey extension to St Patrick’s Hospital.

In the meantime, Cork County Council has refused German discount supermarket chain, Lidl, permission to build at outlet at Tiknock, Cobh.

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