New entrances for Cork railway station?

The planned redevelopment of Kent railway station, in Cork City, is the subject of a new application by Irish Rail.

In plans submitted late last week, the rail company proposes to construct two new entrance buildings to the south of the station.

These would be linked to the station by a passage beneath the rail lines.

The application would shift passenger focus from the northern access off Lower Glanmire Road, allowing easier access to and from the city centre.

The applicants also propose a new, two-way road, linking Railway Street and Alfred Street, west of the site, to Horgan’s Quay and serving the new entrance buildings.

It is also proposed, in a separate new application, to demolish a dormitory building, and associated outhouses and sheds, near the junction of Lower Glanmire Road and Water Street, at the east end of the site.

The plans include the provision of information systems, public address, ticket vending, seating, commercial advertising, and provision for potential future retail vending in the entrance buildings.

In June, 2013, Irish Rail was given permission for a similar application, but that was for a larger, individual entrance building to the station.

* An Bord Pleanála has been asked to decide on planning for a sports-and-adventure centre for special athletes in Killarney, Co Kerry.

Plans were lodged in March to build a centre, as a home to the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club.

The adapted facilities at the site, at Derreen, which is accessed from the N22 Tralee road, would be an indoor sports arena, gym, physiotherapy and first-aid rooms, adapted changing rooms and a performance area. The application also featured plans for a fully-adapted bowling alley, social hub and café, offices, a board room, counselling room, speech and language therapy room, sensory room and a sensory garden.

A dome structure, with a seven-a-side indoor pitch, was proposed, along with an adventure course, for the application by National Sports and Adventure Centre Ltd. After a number of further information responses over the summer, Kerry County Council gave the go-ahead, in early August, subject to conditions.

The submission of a third-party appeal, at the end of August, means a final decision on the case will now be due by early January, 2015.

* Planning permission has been granted for a micro-distillery at the Jameson Experience Heritage Centre in Midleton.

Watercourse Distillery Limited, trading as The Jameson Experience Midleton, applied to Cork County Council, at the start of July, to refurbish, and change, the use of three storage outbuildings to a micro-distillery.

The project will also provide for an extension to the Jameson Experience Tour at the distillery, and will involve works to a protected structure at the distillery, near the town centre.

* The proposed construction of almost 30 new homes, just outside the northern outskirts of Cork City, is the subject of a new planning application.

The in-receivership D&J Builders (Cork) have applied to build 14 three-bed and six four-bed semi-detached homes, along with six three-bed terraced houses and a four-bed detached home with an attached crèche.

The plans relate to a site at Killeens, near the main Cork-Mallow Road, where the same firm had a number of previous housing-development approvals.

* A Kinsale pub could be knocked and replaced with a house, following recent planning permission granted by Cork County Council.

The application, last February, from Catherine Kelly, was for the demolition of the Spinnaker bar and restaurant, at Scilly, just outside the south-Cork harbour town.

Ms Kelly had applied to build a new house and garage on the site.

While a similar proposal was approved last year by the local authority, that plan, by a receiver handling the sale of the property, was subsequently refused planning by An Bord Pleanála.

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