Cork County Council had approved the plans, last December, to Seafield Partnership, who had sought permission in May, 2014. The application, amended by further information supplied in November, was to demolish a house and factory on the site of the disused Seafield Technical Textiles factory. The plan was to build a mixed-use neighbourhood centre, with a discount foodstore, six retail service units, an office unit, restaurant with drive-through facility, and parking for 178 cars.
Following third-party appeals, a planning inspector recommended refusal, as the scale of development would exceed the neighbourhood use for which the site was zoned so as not to detract from the town centre.
* An Aldi store on Youghal’s eastern side has been approved by An Bord Pleanala, after appeals against a previous grant of permission. The location is the former Youghal Carpets site, at Store Street, where Aldi Stores (Ireland) Ltd applied a year ago to knock buildings. On one side of the street, bounded by Catherine Street, it is proposed to build a new foodstore of 1,567 square metres. On the other side of Store Street, bounded by Greens Quay, it is proposed to part-demolish a Youghal Carpets warehouse to facilitate an 82-space surface car park.
Cork County Council granted permission last January, but appeals were received, including one from Aldi, related to a condition restricting the regularity of deliveries. An Bord Pleanala has granted permission, subject to conditions.
* Permission has been extended for redevelopment of the Doughcloyne Hotel site in the Cork suburb of Togher. Cork County Council received an application, in January, to extend the duration of approval for the plans, which were first lodged in 2010. Tom Kingston and John Gaffney have been permitted to construct the mixed-use commercial scheme, which would see the southside hotel partly demolished and partially changed to five shops, a betting shop and pharmacy in a ground-floor mall, with a restaurant, function/community room, office, medical-consulting room and new dining room and kitchen area, all at first-floor level.
* A new radiation oncology centre at Cork University Hospital has been granted planning permission. Cork City Council gave the go-ahead a week ago for an application from the Health Service Executive, which was received in November. It sought permission to demolish an adult mental-health building at the hospital in Wilton, and to build a three-storey facility of over 8,800sq m. Following the supply of requested further information, last month, the council granted conditional permission.
* A large new warehouse building at the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical plant, near Kinsale, is the subject of a recent planning application. Cork County Council has been asked to grant permission for a 300-square metre warehouse of up to six metres in height, at the plant in Dunderrow, as well as a minor extension to the entrance of a building. The council gave approval, a year ago, for a 276sq m warehouse. Eli Lilly SA made the latest application late last month.