Decision imminent on Stapleton House plan

Cork City Council should decide within weeks on a plan to allow a permitted retail scheme be changed to mainly office use.

Decision imminent on Stapleton House plan

The Stapleton House development on Oliver Plunkett Street in the city centre was subject of an application in April, which included the change of use of the first, second and third floors from retail to office. Padlake Limited also sought permission to change facades and internal layouts, as well as to retain and complete construction and use of a fourth-floor office on the building which stands on the corner with Smith Street.

A similar application was refused by the council last year and later, also by An Bord Pleanála. A decision was due on the latest proposals by mid-June but more information about ownership of part of the site, proposed signage and ground floor layout was requested. With the response now given, a council decision should be made by August 24.

An appeal has been lodged in relation to planning permission granted last month for expansion of the Bon Secours Hospital on Cork’s College Road. Cork City Council gave the go-ahead, subject to conditions, in early July for the major extension of the medical facility. Last February, Bon Secours Health System Ltd applied to build six floors of new hospital accommodation to the north, or the rear, of the existing building.

In addition, the application proposed new traffic access from the Western Road, facilitated by a planned new two-lane bridge over the River Lee to the hospital grounds. While local authority approval has been received, the submission of a third-party appeal means the case will not now be decided until the end of November.

Cork County Council has given the go-ahead for dozens of new homes at an Owen O’Callaghan-linked housing scheme near Ballincollig.

In March, Classes Land Ltd applied to Cork County Council for permission to build 38 dwellings at Lisheens, Ovens. That file referred to an associated 2004 application in which the planned homes were first proposed, and it was approved by the local authority in recent weeks.

South Dublin County Council’s approval of a planned new Lidl store in Tallaght has been overturned.

An Bord Pleanála considered two third-party appeals against the decision the end of February to grant permission to the new supermarket on the grounds of the Belgard Inn. The plan was to build the supermarket alongside the premises, and to make changes to the Belgard Inn, to include relocation of a bookmakers’ shop from a single storey building proposed for demolition into the ground floor of the pub premises.

The plans for the 3.5-acre site were first lodged by Lidl Ireland last October and approval had been granted at local authority level after further information submitted by the applicants in January.

Plans to build apartments on the site of a disused northside Cork pub have been rejected but a separate application to change the pub to an internet café has been approved.

The city council gave conditional permission to last April’s plans from South Coast Development Solutions Company Ltd in relation to the Watercourse Inn in Blackpool. It proposed the ground floor use as an internet café and gaming unit, with the overhead dwelling to be converted to two apartments at first and second floor level. The decision last week in favour of that plan followed the receipt of further information by city planners, and among the conditions is that the principal ground floor use will be as an internet café, with an ancillary gaming area. The operating hours will be from 10am to midnight, and the permission does not allow for a standalone gaming unit or an amusement centre.

The application to knock the pub and adjoining building on Watercourse Road was rejected on the grounds that the replacement four-storey building with 14 apartments would be out of character with the area, and there would be inadequate open space, storage or waste management arrangements and an excessive prevalence of one-bedroom apartments.

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