Planning Notes: Pharma plant seeks expansion approval

A major extension of facilities at a pharmaceutical plant near Cork harbour is the subject of a recent planning application.

The proposal was lodged earlier this month by Novartis Ringaskiddy Limited for its plant at Shanbally near Ringaskiddy. Cork County Council is being asked to give permission for a range of developments at the site, to include an 836-square metre two-storey training and development building, and a 582sq m equipment storage warehouse.

Two office buildings of two storeys, with a combined floor area of over 830sq m, each attached to one of two production buildings on the site are also planned. In two phases, a two-storey extension to an existing office building is also planned to include an additional 530sq m of office floor area.

The application also proposes single-storey extensions to either side of the existing administration building to facilitate extended cafeteria and office spaces.

* A scheme of almost 150 new homes has been approved in north Dublin but the project is the subject of an appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

Fingal County Council last month granted permission to Hansfield Investment Ltd in respect of land within and adjacent to Barnwell in Dublin 15 and an existing access road to Hansfield Railway Station. The plans for 114 three-bedroomed houses, 26 four-beds and six two-bedroomed homes were submitted last February and given conditional approval.

The submission of a third-party appeal to the board means a final decision on the application may not now be reached until early November.

* Cork County Council is being asked to approve the construction of a new Aldi supermarket at the former Youghal Carpets facility in the east Cork town.

In plans submitted earlier this month, the demolition of four workshops, a derelict storage shed and warehouse are proposed to facilitate the development. The partial demolition of a warehouse building at the site, between Store Street, Green’s Quay and Lower Brown Street is also planned.

Aldi Stores (Ireland) Ltd proposes to provide new south and west facades, and to build a single storey discount food store of 1,567sq m gross floor area. The application also includes plans for the provision of 81 parking spaces and the formation of a new site access road from Catherine Street to Store Street and associated site development works.

* A recent planning decision in favour of an Aldi store in Athy, Co Kildare has been referred to An Bord Pleanála.

The application by the retail company last October to Athy Town Council was approved but the applicant firm and retailers’ group RGDATA have made submissions to the appeals board. The case relates to a site at Cois na hAbhainn and the former Bachelors pea factory at Monasterevin Road, Rathstewart, and a final decision is not now likely until the end of October.

* The plans for a museum on a west Cork island whose gardens are a well-known tourist attraction have recently been given planning permission.

In April, Cork County Council received an application for the works at a cottage on Garinish Island, near Glengarriff. The Commissioners of Public Works sought to change the use of the existing two-storey 1940s building to a museum, with plans to demolish a block shed and build a single-storey extension.

* A proposed cinema on part of a shopping centre car park in Dundalk, Co Louth has been referred by a third party to An Bord Pleanála.

Dundalk Multiplex appealed the decision of the local planning authority in May to grant permission for the seven-screen facility and two restaurants next to the Marshes Shopping Centre at Marshes Avenue. The plans lodged last year by Marshes Shopping Centre Ltd would see a reduction of more than 200 parking spaces in the existing surface car park, and the matter is now to be decided by the board by late October.


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