Commercial property in brief: 73 homes proposed for eircom site in Ballinlough

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Plans for a housing scheme on a former telephone depot in the Cork suburb of Ballinlough have been lodged with the City Council. The application by Dublin-based Colsaerts Ltd relates to the five-acre site at Churchyard Lane, near Cork Constitution’s Temple Hill rugby ground, previously used by Telecom Éireann and eircom.

In 2009, Osprey Properties Ltd was given permission for its proposed scheme of around 200 houses. The application seeks permission for 73 homes, in a mix of houses, townhouses and duplex units.


The decision on a proposed major office block on Cork’s Albert Quay has been put back by two months by An Bord Pleanála.

It had been scheduled to make a decision last week in relation to the plans for the eastern side of the quay in the city’s south docklands. They were submitted a year ago and approved by the council last September for Appovillle Ltd, a company associated with developer Owen O’Callaghan who passed away last month.

The site was originally in line to facilitate an events centre but lost out in the process to secure public funding, which has instead been promised for the competing site at the old Beamish brewery in the inner city.

With plans to accommodate more than 3,000 office workers, the project proposed to stretch southward from the quay to Albert Street, and attracted a number of third-party appeals after Cork City Council granted permission last September.

Appoville also included conditions that required modifications to it plans and which sought to reduce parking provision to those within levels set out in the city development plan.

An Bord Pleanála has put back a decision until April 12.


Two large student accommodation developments in Dublin have been approved. Around 270 bed spaces will be provided in the larger scheme, proposed for Brickfield Lane and Brown Street South, off Cork Street in the south inner city. Around 300 spaces were proposed in the plans lodged by Greenharts Properties Ltd for the former industrial site last year, but 41 units have been omitted to facilitate additional science and technology incubator units there.


At Prussia Street near the growing Grangegorman campus of DIT in Dublin 7, another scheme has got planning clearance. It is a low-rise development of nearly 200 bed spaces in a dozen blocks to be built around small courtyards. That project is being developed by Balark Investments and received planning permission from the council last month.


A new application to Cork County Council seeks permission for 238 houses and apartments outside Ballincollig. The plans from MOSH Group Ltd follow last year’s grant of permission for 51 houses and eight apartments nearby at Carriganarra, Carrigrohane, to the east of the town.

The new proposal is for a 10-year permission for 226 houses and 12 apartments. The houses would be a mix of 188 semi-detached units, 31 detached homes and seven townhouses, with the apartments proposed to be accommodated in a three-story block.

The development would be accessed by a new access road and junction from the Killumney Road, whose alignment would be slightly altered from that permitted in connection with the previous application.


In east Cork, plans have been lodged for a scheme of more than 200 new homes in Castlemartyr.

The development would have pedestrian links to the existing Gortnahomna More residential estate in the village between Midleton and Youghal.

Solas Partnership is seeking permission to build 21 terraced houses, 168 semi-detached units and 20 detached units, 15 of which would be private serviced sites. The development would also feature a creche with two offices overhead.


Cork County Council’s refusal of permission for a planned 53-house scheme outside the village of Ballinhassig has been upheld.

Citidwell Homes had appealed the council decision in relation to its plan for an eight-acre site near the village at Rearour and Barrettshill. The proposal was an increase in density to a previously-permitted 41 homes. In the plans lodged last year, Citidwell Homes sought to build 53 houses at the same location.

However, the council cited concerns about flood risk and wastewater treatment. Those issues were considered significant by the planning inspector, whose recommendation to refuse permission was adopted by the appeals board.


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