New application for Albert Quay site

The withdrawn plans for a major new office complex on Cork’s Albert Quay have been replaced with a new application from joint developers BAM Property Ltd & Progressive Commercial Construction Ltd.

Following third-party appeals and commencement of legal proceedings relating to Cork City Council’s approval of the plan, the firms withdrew that application last month. It had sought to develop a scheme fronting the quay east of Cork City Hall and part of the same block as O’Flynn Construction’s Elysian tower and mixed commercial scheme.

That application, as approved by the city council, was for a nine-storey development. But the revised plan, on which initial details were submitted last week, proposes to develop an eight-storey building.

The description as posted to Cork City Council website states it would primarily provide general offices and/or business and technology uses, and/or office-based industry uses from first to seventh floors. At ground floor level, it is planned to provide retail office use and a café/restaurant.

Two levels of basement parking are again proposed, with access and egress at ground floor from Albert Quay where the development site currently occupied by old warehouses adjoins the Webworks building.

* Tesco Ireland has appealed the recent decision in favour of a new Aldi supermarket in a Waterford suburb.

The plans for the single-storey store at the Cove roundabout at Ardkeen were first submitted last year to Waterford City Council. Tesco Ireland Ltd were among more than a handful of parties to make submissions in relation to Noel Frisby’s application before Christmas, and city planners sought further information regarding the proposal.

The application was approved locally, subject to 16 conditions, at the end of March which has prompted the appeal. An Bord Pleanála expects to have made its decision on the file by the end of August.

* The appeals board has also been referred the case of large housing scheme recently approved in north Co Dublin. Permission was granted in late March on foot of a July 2013 application for over 100 new homes in Portmarnock, but a third-party appeal has been submitted.

The plans submitted to Fingal County Council were for 102 three-bedroom and four-bedroom homes on a site at Station Road in Portmarnock. Following additional information supplied in February, the application by Sherman Oaks was approved, subject to conditions.

The latest development sees the final decision now deferred to August.

* An oral hearing is to take place at the end of this month in relation to changes to the planning template for Adamstown in south Co Dublin.

In March, An Bord Pleanála was notified of the proposed amendments to the Strategic Development Zone planning scheme by South Dublin County Council. Since then, it has had submissions from six third-parties, including development and construction companies. The board will hold a one-day hearing into the matter at its offices in Dublin on May 27, with a provisional decision date set for early July.

* An application to extend permission for changes to the Trabolgan holiday centre in east Cork has been approved.

Last August, Cork County Council was asked to consider the proposal that would see plans first lodged in 2009 allowed continue their permission for an extended period. That application five years ago sought to knock and replace an existing bowling alley, lounge bar, amusement arcade and sauna with a new bowling alley, amusement arcade, kids’ club, lounge bar and entertainment centre.

The council has now agreed to extend the duration of that permission in its decision late last month.

* Cork County Council has also permitted an extension of duration of planning clearance for a scheme of new houses near Bandon.

At the end of February, the plans were lodged by Coolfadda Developers Ltd in relation to the site at Coolfadda, where an application was made in 2006 by Mark O’Driscoll and Conor Slattery. The applicant company sought approval to extend the permission for the scheme which involved, the demolition of six houses and the construction of 81 new homes and a two-storey creche.

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