Application withdrawn for quay office site

Progressive Commercial Construction’s application for a major office development on Cork’s Albert Quay has been withdrawn.

The John Cleary company’s plans for a nine-storey development, to the front of the block dominated by the Elysian tower, were the subject of a number of appeals after being approved by Cork City Council. But following instigation of High Court challenge regarding the council’s handling of the application, An Bord Pleanála has been notified of the application’s withdrawal by Progressive Commercial Construction Ltd and Bam Properties. The legal proceedings were being taken by Elysian Management Ltd, linked to the Elysian developers O’Flynn Construction. The management firm was one of the appellants in relation to the permission, others including An Taisce, and James Romaine and Donal Leader of Monahan Road Developments.

* Cork City Council has given the go-ahead for the use of retail and residential space in a city centre development for offices. In February, Rockfell applied for a permanent change of use to a ground floor retail unit and three mezzanine level apartments in the Cornmarket Centre on Cornmarket Street. It was lodged as a five-year permission for the change of use was about to lapse.

* An extension to facilitate a bed lift is the subject of a planning application for the Bon Secours Hospital on Cork’s College Road.

The plans relate to the former maternity ward, facing the road, on its western side, with an external access stairs in an existing moat to the basement. The Bon Secours Health System Ltd application also seeks to place a Bon Secours Hospital sign at the top of the 145 square metre extension. The same company was recently asked by planners for further information in relation to a more significant extension to the hospital. In early February, it applied for permission for six floors of hospital accommodation to the north of the existing building, with new access also proposed from the Western Road and a new two-lane bridge over the River Lee to facilitate access.

* The proposed extension of planning permission for a further period on a north Cork housing scheme has been turned down. Cork County Council refused permission to Brideview Developments in relation to the 93-house project at Rathcormac, on which it sought the extension of duration in January. The application related to plans first lodged in 2007 and subsequently approved by An Bord Pleanála.

* The same planning authority has approved a revised site layout for a housing scheme just outside Midleton where permission was first sought a decade ago.

Last February, John J Fleming Construction Company (described on planning lists as being in receivership) sought permission for the changes to the approved scheme at Tir Cluain, Knockgriffin near the east Cork town. The plans were for reduced site works to cater for 162 existing houses built under permission on foot of the 2004 application, along with revised site boundaries, perimeter fencing, green areas, road layout and district play areas.

* An extension of almost 2,500 square metres to a third level campus’s science park has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.

Following earlier approval late last year, a third-party appeal regarding grant conditions was referred to the board in relation to the plans of Letterkenny Institute of Technology. It applied last September to Letterkenny Town Council for the two and three-storey extension to an existing co-lab building as part of the North West Regional Science Park, which is on the college’s 20-acre campus between Port Road and Ramelton Road. Subject to revised conditions by those imposed by the local authority, the appeals board has decided to grant permission for the development.

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