Number of houses reduced in Gannon Kinsale extension request

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Number of houses reduced in Gannon Kinsale extension request

A reduction in the number of houses at a previously-permitted scheme near Kinsale forms part of a recent application to Cork County Council. The proposal from Gannon Homes, the company of developer Gerry Gannon, relates to a plan previously submitted in 2006. That resulted in the issuing of permission for 201 houses, two childcare facilities and associated works, at Rathmore, Rathbeg, Kinsale. The council has been asked to extend duration of the parent permission but included in the application is the plan to reduce the density of the development, and to change the house types and the site layout.

* Cork University Hospital is in line for a new radiation oncology centre in a new three-storey facility proposed under a new planning application.

Cork City Council received plans a week ago that would involve the demolition of the existing adult mental health building of 2,067 sq m to facilitate the new centre, which would have total gross floor space of over 8,800 sq m.

The Health Service Executive proposes that the new centre would continue to be linked for pedestrians to the PET CT building, but also to reconfigure and extend an adjoining car park, adding 22 spaces to the current 83.

Further elements of the application include alterations to internal roads on the hospital site of over 40 acres in the southside suburb of Wilton.

* Plans for more than 200 new homes in south Co Dublin have been approved but the applicant has appealed a condition on the phasing of the development.

Airscape Limited applied last June to build the 224 houses at Cooldown Commons, Fortunestown Lane in Dublin 24, and to partially develop part of Citywest Avenue where another firm got permission a decade ago to build 150 houses.

In May 2007, Airscape was given permission on an application for almost 300 new homes at the current site, with revisions to part of that scheme also approved in August 2008.

South Dublin County Council gave permission for the latest application in late October, but required that no more than 136 of the 224 permitted homes be built until certain other facilities are in place. They include the provision of a neighbourhood park, a secondary school site on the lands, community floor space and an extension of Citywest Avenue.

That condition has now been appealed and An Bord Pleanála is due to decide the case by next April.

* The recent grant of permission for a new discount food store in Bandon has been appealed.

Cork County Council gave its approval for the Aldi outlet at Station Road in late October, having previously cleared a similar application in early 2013. The plans by Aldi Stores (Ireland) Ltd were subsequently turned down by An Bord Pleanála, which has now been asked to assess the proposal that was lodged in early April.

The company seeks permission to demolish the Bandon Office Supplies building at Cloghmacsimon to facilitate the works, and a final decision on the third-party appeal is due by the start of next April.

* An Bord Pleanála has overturned planning permission granted last summer for a new Lidl foodstore in the centre of Kildare town.

The plans relate to a proposed development on a 1.5-acre section of the former Presentation secondary school lands fronting Dublin Street, where Lidl already has another store around 500 metres away. A similar application was refused by Kildare County Council in late 2012, and also in May 2013 by An Bord Pleanála.

Following the submission of the current application later last year, with revised design aspects, Kildare County Council granted permission subject to 50 conditions last June. However, appeals were received by the board from Tesco Ireland Ltd and another third party, arguing among other things that proper consideration was not given to the previous grounds of refusal.

After considering the revised application, the planning inspector recommended refusal of permission, citing the adverse effect the development would have on the area by virtue of its form, design and scale.

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