Planning Notes: 3Arena appeal increased capacity plan at Citiwest

The operators of the 3Arena are among appellants in relation to recent permission for increased audience capacity for concerts at the Citywest centre in south Dublin.

Planning Notes: 3Arena appeal increased capacity plan at Citiwest

South Dublin County Council gave conditional permission for the expansion of capacity from an upper limit of less than 4,200 to 6,000 patrons at the Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre in Saggart.

The application of Cape Wrath Hotel Ltd last December was supplemented by significant further information in April, in response to local authority request.

The plans are permitted with conditions including a limit to one public concert with over 4,161 patrons per day, and a requirement to have performances finished by 10.30pm.

Conditions also stipulate only pre-booked parking on site should be allowed and no concerts are to be held until related improvement works at junctions are completed, among various requirements to regulate transport and traffic.

The council’s decision in mid-May is under appeal to An Bord Pleanála by Amphitheatre Ltd, operator of the 3Arena concert venue in Dublin’s north docklands, and by Tony Kearney and Ann Mansfield.

The board is scheduled to make a decision on the application by mid-October.

* A scheme of 40 new homes has been proposed in a recent application to Cork County Council for a site outside Midleton.

Agricola wants to carry out the development at Avoncore, Mill Road, Broomfield West near the east Cork town.

The plans for which permission is being sought include the demolition of existing structures and construction of 20 semi-detached and 16 terraced houses.

In addition, it is planned to build two apartments and two duplex units, with a new access road from Mill Road to the three-acre site.

* Outline permission is being sought to change the types of houses previously approved for construction on a former bakery site in Cork’s southside suburb of Togher.

Last August, Cork City Council gave permission for 22 houses at the old Keating’s bakery site on Tramore Road, where a development of apartments and duplexes had been cleared nearly a decade ago on foot of a different applicant’s plans.

Following its approval for works there last summer, Citidwell Ltd is now seeking outline permission to change house types from three storeys with four bedrooms to two storeys with three bedrooms.

The firm says all ancillary site works, roads, footpaths, open spaces and services would not be affected by the planned alterations.

* Cork County Council has granted permission for 58 new houses near Mallow in north Co Cork.

Last September, Hallmark Building Services applied to the local authority to build 61 homes on a site at Annabella.

The council considered the response of the company to a further information request last month and gave approval for 58 units.

* Cork City Council has been asked to give outline permission for restaurant use at a former bank premises where a similar application was unsuccessful.

Just over a year after permission was refused to R & COD Foods Ltd for the change of use to the building at the junction of South Mall and Princes Street, the application was submitted.

Michael O’Connell, Pat McNally and James Riordan want to change the ground floor previously in use as an Ulster Bank office to restaurant use, to include internal alterations, new signage and lighting, and minor front and side elevation alterations.

* Planning permission has been granted for a solar farm with over 20,000 solar panels near Mallow.

Amarenco Solar Mallow Ltd lodged the application to Cork County Council before Christmas 2015 for a site of over 35 acres at Gortnacross.

The 5 megawatt facility will include around 22,200 photovoltic panels on ground-mounted frames.

*Related firm Amarenco Solar Ballinvarrig Ltd has just sought permission for a similar-scale development near Castlelyons near Fermoy. Its application to the council is also for a 5MW facility with around 22,200 photovaltic panels on a site of over 20 acres at Ballinvarrig East, Deerpark.

In west Cork, an application has been lodged for a similar-sized development near Drinagh between Bantry and Dunmanway.

Premier Solar Ltd is seeking permission for around 20,000 solar panels, a single-storey delivery station, and five single-storey inverter/transformer units at Derryclogh Upper and Lahanaght.

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