Firm puts forward major changes to shopping centre

Significant internal and external changes to Cork’s Merchants Quay Shopping Centre are proposed in an application lodged last week.

Atrium Nominees has set out a range of proposals that include moving the entrance at St Patrick’s Street to abut the neighbouring building. The plan is to facilitate change of use of part of the ground-floor and first-floor malls from circulation space to general retail, including the demolition and internal restructuring to create larger units and realign the mall from St Patrick’s Street.

The applicant is also seeking approval for changes to the three-storey corner of Merchants Quay and St Patrick’s Street, replacing brick cladding and shop front glazing with new glazing, stone and white aluminium grillage. The two-storey Merchants Quay frontage is also proposed for changes, to include replacing and enlarging first-floor windows and replacing ground-floor shop fronts and entrance doors.

The recent grant of planning permission for an increase of almost 50% to a large office building on Dublin’s Baggot Street has been referred to An Bord Pleanála.

In early September, Dublin City Council gave permission to Cavalli Investment PLC in relation to its application last June for work to the six-storey building in three blocks, also fronting Fleming Place. The extension proposed in the application would increase the overall gross floor area, by additions to various elements of the existing building, from 11,654 square metres to 17,136 square metres.

A third-party appeal has been submitted to the board, and conditions have also been appealed by the applicant company, with a final decision on the file due now in February.

Plans for a scheme of almost 200 new homes in Ashbourne, Co Meath have been turned down by An Bord Pleanála.

Granbrind Ltd, Peter Hickey and Seamus Hickey, applied to Meath County Council last January to develop the land at Baltrasna and Milltown. The 25-acre site at Hickey’s Lane, bordering the N2 Dublin Road, was proposed to accommodate 188 semi-detached and detached two-storey houses, as well as a crèche and amenity area.

The local authority turned down the application in March, prompting an appeal to the board by the applicants.

An Bord Pleanála decided earlier this month to uphold the council decision, citing current zoning which precludes residential development at the site until 2019, and issues around scheme design.

Cork City Council has asked for further information in relation to the proposed development of a vacant city centre site at Brian Boru Street.Kieran O’Shea’s application in August sought permission for a shop and three apartments in a four-storey building on the site near St Patrick’s Quay. It had been due a decision last week, but planners have asked the applicant to respond to a further information request before the case can be decided.

Permission is being sought to extend the lifespan of planning approval for an industrial centre near the north Cork town of Charleville.

An application was first lodged with Cork County Council in 2008 for the development at Kilmallock Road, to include 52 units. The mix of uses proposed at the time was for light industrial, warehousing, car sales, and plant hire businesses, all with more than 600 parking spaces.

Travello Developments Ltd had applied to the same local authority at the end of last month to extend the duration of the original permission.

Cork County Council has been asked to allow planning approval continue for a mixed-use neighbourhood centre in Passage West.

Paul Hanlon’s application seeks to extend the duration of permission originally granted on foot of a 2008 proposal for Pembroke Woods. That first plan was for a four-storey building with café, office/medical floor space with the option to sub-divide into up to three units, retail floor space that may be divided into two units, and 18 apartments.

Eli Lilly has been granted permission for an additional warehouse building at its plant near Kinsale, Co Cork. In plans submitted to Cork County Council in August, the multinational pharmaceutical’s Irish branch sought approval for a new building of 276 square metres, of up to seven metres in height.

The application stated that the building is covered by the existing integrated pollution control licence for the plant at Dunderrow.

A previously-permitted development of almost 100 houses has had its planning approval extended by Cork County Council.

The plans relate to work at Barr na Claise, Laherfineen, Innishannon, where Bernard O’Mahony submitted the application early last month. The original permission relates to a 2005 application for 91 houses, in a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced homes, and a playing pitch.

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