Cork's former St Patrick’s Hospital to be used by Griffith College

Cork City Council has given the go-ahead for third-level teaching by Griffith College in the old St Patrick’s Hospital on the northside.
Cork's former St Patrick’s Hospital to be used by Griffith College

The former home of Marymount Hospice had been in use temporarily by St Angela’s College, but the girls’ secondary school relocated just after Christmas to its newly-refurbished home at nearby St Patrick’s Hill.

Griffith College has already been operating from part of the site on Wellington Road but required planning permission to change use of the main building to third-level education use.

It applied to do so in October and the council granted permission subject to two conditions.

The planned expansion of a northside commercial development straddling Cork’s city and county council areas is to be the subject of an oral hearing next week.

An Bord Pleanála has scheduled a hearing into the proposed mixed-use retail district centre at the Fox and Hounds site in Ballyvolane, where works are predominantly in the area of planning control of Cork County Council.

The local authority’s grant of permission last March for a 9,500 square metre anchor retail store, eight retail service units, café, restaurant and community building was already appealed by third parties.

But in November, the applicants Ballyvolane Development Company had appealed the refusal of permission by Cork city Council for related road changes in connection with the proposals.

The appeals board has set aside next Tuesday to hear parties to the applications, with a final decision date set back until late March.

A large new housing scheme in Dublin 15 on the northside of the capital has been approved.

Hansfield Investments Ltd applied to Fingal County Council for permission to build 128 new homes on lands at Hansfield.

The site is Zone 4 of the Hansfield strategic development zone planning scheme, bounded by Ongar Road and the M3 parkway commuter railway.

After significant additional information was supplied to planners, the council granted permission at the end of November. Following a decision that a third-party appeal lodged in late December was invalid, the project now has full permission subject to the council’s conditions.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has approved the construction of a new housing scheme in Blackrock.

With a number of third-party appeals submitted, the application may now not be decided until May.

The council received plans a year ago from the Health Service Executive, proposing the development of 48 residential units in grounds around the mid-19th century house Cluain Mhuire, off Newtownpark Avenue.

In response to further information request from planners, the mix of units was changed from 12 houses and 36 apartments to 16 houses and 20 apartments, or a total of 36 units.

A new dairy science laboratory on the Model Farm Road on the southside of Cork city has been approved. Pilz Industrial Automation applied last June to Cork City Council, which granted permission before Christmas for the work at the Cork Business & Technology Park.

It will involve demolition of an existing dairy science lab and construction of a three-storey building with office and technology space.

In two phases, it is planned to build the main building first and then a two-storey extension, with plans for staff entrance off the access road serving existing Department of Agriculture laboratories.

The application also included plans to provide 46 additional parking spaces.

Plans have been lodged to build a Lidl supermarket in Bishopstown, next to Cork University Hospital.

The site proposed for the new store is across the road from a recently-opened Aldi outlet at Bishopstown Road.

In an application to Cork City Council, Lidl Ireland is seeking permission to knock two bungalows to the rear of the site and a single-storey commercial building to the front part of the site, previously occupied by a service station and other businesses.

It is planned to construct a building of three-storey height equivalent, with parking at ground floor level, and retail sales with off-licence and bakery areas.

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