Board approves college use of former convent

Cork City Council has approved the use of a former hospital as a third-level college.

Board approves college use of former convent

In March, Griffith College sought permission for the change-of-use of the ground floor of the three-storey former convent at St Patrick’s Hospital, on Wellington Road.

The site, previously occupied by Marymount Hospice and St Patrick’s Hospital, is in temporary use by a secondary girls’ school (at the main hospital building).

St Angela’s College has been occupying the building since last year, while work continues on its own extension and refurbishment works, at St Patrick’s Hill. The latest planning approval, granted to Griffith College Marketing earlier this month, is for reversible interventions to the convent building, as well as the change-of-use.

* An Bord Pleanála has been formally notified of the withdrawal of a proposed new national children’s hospital at the Mater Hospital grounds, on Dublin’s northside.

In March, 2012, planning consultations with the board were initiated, by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, for a 392-bed inpatient and 53-bed day-care facility at Eccles Street, in Dublin 7. The plans for the hospital in the Dublin City Council planning area have now been withdrawn.

* Cork City council has approved the retention of a change-of-use from a former suburban credit union branch to offices.

The application, in April, of Munster Agricultural Society Company Ltd, related to its use of the former Bishopstown Credit Union branch, at Curraheen Road, where it has been located for more than a year. The society, whose activities include the annual Cork Summer Show, sought to regularise the usage, as it is a different class of office to the building’s previous use by the credit union, from the early 1990s.

* A decision is due early next month on the application for a major extension to the Bon Secours Hospital, near Cork City.

The proposal, last January, prompted a request from Cork City Council for further information, which has been supplied in recent weeks by Bon Secours Health System Ltd. It had sought permission for six floors of hospital accommodation to the north of the existing facility, which has its main entrance on College Road, near University College Cork. But new access to the site is also proposed, which would allow traffic from Western Road, with a replacement two-lane bridge over the south channel of the River Lee also featuring in the application.

It has attracted a number of submissions from third parties, including from the National Roads Authority.

* Two previously-approved housing schemes have had their permission extended by Cork County Council. Both were the subject of applications in April by in-receivership John J Fleming Construction Company, the larger one being a development of almost 300 homes near Cobh, where permission was first sought in 2005. That original application sought permission for demolition of a sports pavilion, and construction of 280 houses, a crèche and sports pitch.

The second scheme was first subject of a planning application in 1999, a development of 52 houses at Ard Aoibhinn, Laherfineen, Innishannon.

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