Major Cork office plan gets green light

Cork City Council has given the go-ahead for a major c 200,000 sq ft office development plan at Albert Quay, Cork.

Sources say there’s strong interest already in up to 100,000 sq ft of the building, costed at c €50 million.

In December, Progressive Commercial Construction Ltd (associated with JohnCleary) and BAM Properties Ltd applied to develop the site fronting the quay-facing side of the block formed by Albert Quay/Eglinton Street and Albert Street which is mainly occupied by the O’Flynn Construction Elysian development.

The management company for that scheme was among a number of parties to make submissions on the plans, but city planners decided late last week to grant permission, subject to any possible An Bord Pleanála appeals.

The application was for eight floors of offices over ground floor with retail offices and a café/restaurant, with proposed vehicle access from the quay where the site is currently occupied by old warehouses. The council has given permission subject to 11 conditions, including requirements regarding road safety during and after construction.

* Plans to demolish some of the remaining silos and warehouses around the Odlums mill building at a nearby southern quayside in Cork have been approved.

The site clearance proposal was described last December by applicant Origin Enterprises as the first step in redeveloping the site at Kennedy Quay. The subsidiary company of IAWS milling group sought permission, and now has clearance, to knock warehouses, stores, silos, a weighbridge and other buildings. But the 1890s-built Odlums building will remain standing as it is a protected structure, in accordance with the application.

This site and that of adjoining R&H Hall industrial and mill buildings were the subject of a wider plan of the same firm which were approved by the city council in 2009 — but later rejected by An Bord Pleanála — for a major mixed commercial and residential scheme.

* A new city centre hotel has been approved in Dublin but is the subject of an appeal.

In October, Gary Corrigan made the application to Dublin City Council for the buildings fronting Camden Streets Upper and Lower. Most of the buildings are currently vacant, but they include one formerly used as a hotel and now accommodating a hostel.

The plan is to provide 55 bedrooms in refurbishment works, and another 110 rooms in a planned new building to the rear, over five levels to include a semi-basement. A public restaurant and bar are also proposed as part of the hotel, as is an independent shop unit

But despite approval from city planners in late January, the plan now requires the backing of An Bord Pleanála following the recent lodging of a third-party appeal.

* A bar near Kinsale is the subject of an application for demolition, to be replaced with a new house.

The plans submitted to Cork County Council by Catherine Kelly relate to the Spinnaker bar and restaurant at Scilly. The proposal is to build a new house and garage in place of the premises, for which similar plans were previously refused by An Bord Pleanála.

Last summer, it overturned the approval of the council of the plans which had been lodged in May 2012 by a receiver who was handling a sale of the property last year.

* Cork City Council has given the go-ahead to plans for an extension to a pub and restaurant in Ballinlough.

The Silver Key in the southside suburb was the subject of an application a year ago by Tony Campion for a two-storey extension and alterations for the premises at Churchyard Lane. The plans were the subject of further information requests and, on foot of the response received in January, planners have now given conditional permission.

* A north Dublin bank is to become a café after An Bord Pleanála’s affirmation of planning approval.

The premises at Howth Road, Sutton Cross in Dublin 13 were previously occupied by a Permanent TSB branch with offices overhead.

Last August, Insomnia Ltd applied to change its use to a coffee, install a new window and erect signage

This was approved by Fingal County Council but third-party appeals saw a planning inspector visit the site in December and again in January, with the case now given the go-ahead by the board.

* A housing development near Fermoy in north Cork has had another extension after permission was given to add three houses to more than 300 already permitted.

Cumnor Construction applied last December to add the three houses to the scheme previously permitted on the back of a 2005 original application. An extension of duration was sought in 2008 and granted by Cork County Council.

The scheme as originally applied for was a development of 305 homes at Coolcarron.

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