Planning Notes: Proposal for hostel at lower end of Cork’s Barrack Street

A hostel has been proposed for construction in numbers 120 to 122 Barrack Street, Cork.

TAFI Holdings’ plans relate to numbers 120 to 122 Barrack Street, where it is planned to demolish the existing buildings. 

In their place, it is proposed to build a 38-bed hostel in five storeys, including a part-basement level. 

The application to Cork City Council was submitted in late March and is due for decision in mid-May (see street pic, right.)

* A restaurant could be developed in Cork’s French Church Street in part of the building where clothing retailer Superdry recently occupied the old Moderne outlet.

Just over a year ago, Michelle McManus received permission from Cork City Council to sub-divide the building partially fronting St Patrick’s Street into two separate retail units.

One of those was to be at numbers 6 to 8 French Church Street, while the other would incorporate 9 to 11 into the main shop unit.

The same applicant has recently lodged a new application for 6 to 9 French Church Street, where it is planned to change the use of the ground, first and second floors from retail to restaurant use at ground and first-floor levels.

The plan is to retain part ancillary retail sales usage at ground level and ancillary kitchen/storage space at second floor, with minor alterations to the ground floor elevation.

* An extra 10 bedrooms may be added to a hotel near the Aviva stadium in Dublin after a recent Bord Pleanála decision.

The 168-bedroom Sandymount Hotel at Herbert Road in Dublin 4 was the subject of the application last year.

Dublin City Council gave its approval in October, subject to conditions, in reply to the proposals from Mount Herbert Ltd.

The firm had sought permission to knock a single-storey two-bedroom existing extension and replace it with a three-storey extension with two bedrooms in each.

The construction of new penthouse level and modifications to existing rooms will see the total additional rooms rise to 10.

Having considered the appeal of a third party in relation to the council decision, An Bord Pleanála last month decided to grant permission subject to revised conditions.

* On the northside of Dublin, plans for 40 new apartments in Raheny have been rejected by the board.

The decision overturns that of Dublin City Council to grant permission for the scheme at Watermill Road, where The Churchtown Trust wanted to develop.

The Brethren’s meeting room occupies part of the site of almost an acre, and was proposed to be knocked to make way for the four-storey building.

Having considered third-party appeals, the planning inspector recommended the board refuse permission in light of issues around design of the units themselves and the impact on neighbouring residences.

* Fresh plans have been submitted to Cork City Council for redevelopment of a corner site overlooking the north channel of the River Lee.

Kieran O’Shea seeks approval to build a shop and 3 overhead apartments in a four-storey building with roof garden at No 1 Brian Boru Street, which is on the corner with Penrose Quay.

The vacant site currently accommodates an advertising sign on an adjoining wall, and it is proposed to relocate this sign to the north elevation of the proposed new building, which would face inbound traffic from the city’s north side.

In August 2014, the same applicant had made proposals to the council for a similar development but withdrew the plans last July soon after responding to planners’ request for further information.

* Permission for a small apartment development is being sought in Cobh, Co Cork.

The application from Patrick Hayes to Cork County Council is for outline permission in relation to a site at The Belfry, Beechmount.

It is proposed that 10 one-bedroomed apartments would be built in a single two-storey block.


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