New plans lodged at Fermoy for M8 motorway services

New plans have been lodged for a motorway service area off the M8 motorway near Fermoy in north Cork.

New plans lodged at Fermoy for M8 motorway services

Last January, An Bord Pleanála overturned Cork County Council’s decision of over a year ago to approve the proposal by JR Oronoco Ltd for a similar project. It was deemed that the plans — along with a separate application near Mitchelstown by another developer — were premature in the absence of update national service area policy by the National Roads Authority.

The council has now received an application from the same firm for a service area near Junction 14 on the Cork-Dublin route, at Moorepark West. The company proposes to build a shop/restaurant with drive-through facility, a forecourt and fuel facilities for heavy commercial vehicles, picnic and external seating/amenity areas, as well as changes to the existing entrance onto the regional route currently serving the Teagasc agricultural research facility at Moorepark.

An Bord Pleanála has backed Dublin City Council’s approval for a new commuter rail station on the Maynooth rail line. A year ago, the local authority granted permission to Iarnród Éireann’s application for the two-platform unmanned station near Ashington Park at Pelletstown.

However, that decision was the subject of a third-party appeal citing potential for anti-social behaviour and traffic issues, prompting an examination of the file by a planning inspector. On foot of the recommended inclusion of conditions that reviews be carried out of the open access to the station and any on-street parking around it, the board has decided to grant permission for the works.

Also in Dublin 7, the appeals board has backed the redevelopment of the former Shandon Bakery site at Cross Guns Bridge. Located between the canal and the Phibsborough Shopping Centre, the site would be cleared of an existing building and 21 houses, eight apartments and two commercial units built, according to the application to the council last March. City planners granted permission in May but that decision was appealed, only to be upheld by the board earlier this month.

A nursing home on the site of a petrol station in mid-Cork is the subject of an application for an extension of duration to an existing planning permission.

Cork County Council is being asked to continue its approval for plans first lodged in 2009 for the site at Flats, Ballymakeera. Donal McCarthy proposes to demolish the station, a house and shed, and build a two-storey petrol station with two shops and three apartments. The application also sought permission for a 62-bed nursing home, as well as a temporary waste water treatment plant.

Cork County Council is being asked to extend permission for a large extension to a supermarket in the east Cork town of Carrigtwohill.

Ahern’s Centra has applied for an extension of duration for the works which were first subject of a planning proposal in 2010. Those plans were for the division of the existing shop into two units, and to construct a 1,044 sq m extension to the rear at ground floor level with a service yard.

The application also sought to develop 430 sq m of first-floor staff facilities and stores overhead, and the change of use of an existing overhead apartment to staff offices.

The second phase of a housing development in Malahide in north Dublin has been given permission by An Bord Pleanála.

Last November, Declan Taite and Sean Kelly applied to Fingal County Council for the works on a six-acre site about a mile from Malahide at Streamstown Wood. There were 13 out of 21 permitted houses completed or under construction when the planning inspector’s report was being compiled.

The proposal for 22 detached houses was approved in May by the planning authority. A third-party appeal was submitted to the board, and it has now granted permission with revised conditions.

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