Planning notes


Cork City Council is awaiting further information from developers of the proposed reworking for residential use of a former bakery site in Togher.

In early December, an application was received from Citidwell Limited, for the construction of 22 houses at the old Keating’s bakery on Tramore Road. Planners asked for further information last month from the applicants, which will be required before a decision can be made by the council.

An apartment development was previously permitted, on foot of a 2006 application for the site by Frinailla Developments Ltd. The initial plans were for 96 apartments and duplex units, although one of the five proposed structures was removed from the scheme by a condition attached to An Bord Pleanála’s subsequent grant of permission.

Planning has been granted for the conversion of a former hospital, in historic buildings, to residential use. On the southside of Dublin, the 18th-century Bloomfield House in Donnybrook, and which has two 19th-century wings, was a Quaker-owned mental health hospital for 200 years, until 2005. The plans submitted last year, to Dublin City Council, and granted permission in October, were to change the main building to a four-bedroom house. The applicant company, Bryant Park Construction Limited, had also sought permission for six apartments in each of the two wings, which were also each to be extended by three storeys.

A number of third-party appeals delayed a final outcome, but An Bord Pleanála has decided to grant permission, subject to revised conditions from those attached to the local authority’s original approval.

Plans lodged last December for a two-storey extension to the Boston Scientific medical devices plant, in Cork, are due a decision early next month from Cork City Council.

Further information was submitted by Boston Scientific Cork Ltd, in recent weeks, relating to the proposal for a 259 square-metre extension to the facility, at Cork Business and Technical Park, on Model Farm Road, in Bishopstown.

A student accommodation development, proposed earlier this year for a site near Victoria Cross, in Cork City, should be the subject of a planning decision in mid-April.

Plans were submitted by James and Michael O’Driscoll, in mid-February, to Cork City Council, for the demolition of ‘Bridge House’ and adjoining out-buildings on Victoria Cross Road, between Victoria Lodge, the University College Cork campus accommodation centre, and a bicycle shop. The site, running alongside the Curraheen River, is proposed to have a four-storey student-residential building constructed, with 14 apartments, and to be accessible by pedestrians from the existing Village student accommodation, on Carrigrohane Road.

Plans for a new primary-care health facility, on Cork’s northside, are the subject of a recent planning application.

HSE South applied last week for permission from Cork City Council for the works, on the St Mary’s health campus, at Gurranabraher.

It wants to knock two existing, single-storey hospital blocks and to build a primary-care centre of two and three storeys in height. A new surface car park, along with changes to the layout of the main entrance, from Baker’s Road, are also proposed in the application.

Cork City Council has given permission for changes to a building on the campus of the headquarters of Cork County Council.

The application, last November, saw the county council propose changes to the former motor-tax building, next to Cork County Hall on Carrigrohane Road. As well as demolishing the entrance porch and building a new, glazed entrance lobby, the plan was to replace the existing roof-covering, rendering of the brick external walls, and new external window and door arrangements.


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