Apple get go-ahead for Hollyhill site changes

Cork City Council has given the go-ahead for further developments at Apple’s facility on the city’s north side, at Hollyhill.

Apple get go-ahead for Hollyhill site changes

Apple Operations Europe sought permission in February to upgrade and alter existing entrances and signage. Other site development proposals included modifying internal access roads to the car park, a new security building, and gates and signs at both existing eastern and western entrances.

A new boundary wall and fence, along Tadhg Barry Road, also featured in the plans, which prompted a further information request from planners, in April, which was answered last month.

The council has now also received, from the same applicants, a request for permission to modify and alter the elevations of the existing office building at the Hollyhill plant. As a continuation of upgrades to the facility, it is planned to move out a curtain wall, in addition to previously-permitted modifications to the building.

The proposed development would result in a small increase in the floor area — at lower ground-floor, ground-floor and first-floor levels — of less than 40 square metres.

* A social housing scheme for older people on Dublin’s southside has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.

After receiving permission in April, from Dublin City Council, Tuath Housing Association’s plans for a vacant site at Raleigh Square, in Crumlin, were the subject of a third-party appeal.

The application, made last February, sought permission to build 28 one-bed and five two-bed apartments for over-55s at the site, around 160 metres from Crumlin Road.

After considering the files, a planning inspector recommended permission be granted, and the appeals board has now done so.

* Fresh plans to build on a vacant site on Cork’s Brian Boru Street have been submitted to Cork City Council.

Kieran O’Shea has applied for permission to build a new shop and three apartments in a four-storey building, with roof garden, on the site to the east side of the street, which carries traffic from Summerhill North and MacCurtain Street to the quays, and over Brian Boru Bridge towards the city bus station. The application also seeks permission to relocate and reconfigure an advertising sign from an existing boundary wall to the north elevation of the proposed new building.

Two successful applications were lodged, previously, for the same description of development on the site (the first lodged in 1998, having permitted the demolition of an existing shop). But the construction has not proceeded to date, and those permissions lapsed in 2003 and in late 2012.

The plans were lodged within days of further information submitted to city planners, regarding development plans at the nearby Clyde House, which fronts Brian Boru Street, and Lower Glanmire Road around the corner. Last April, Eileen O’Donovan applied to the council for approval to change the use of two ground-floor commercial units to two apartments.

The same applicant received permission in March to change the use of two first-floor offices to two apartments, and a decision on the latest proposal is now scheduled to be made by September 11.

* Planning permission has been granted to extend two units at the Douglas Court Shopping Centre, in Cork.

Douglas Development, the Love family firm, which is in receivership, applied last June to amalgamate the two units at the centre, in the city’s south suburbs.

Cork County Council has now given approval to that application, which also sought to build a two-storey extension to both units, with storage overhead of the ground-floor retail area.

* Plans to extend permission for two previously-approved passenger-ferry landing stations in Cork harbour have not been cleared.

Cork County Council had been asked, in November last year, to extend the duration of permission to develop the stations at Railway Quay, in Passage West, and De Vesci Place, in nearby Monkstown. Each was proposed to have parking facilities, a pontoon with shelter and access gangway, digital information/advertising boards and bicycle stalls. However, the council has decided not to extend the duration of the previous permissions, for which approval was first sought in 2008.

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