Planning Notes: Retirement village plan for equestrian centre

An equestrian centre near the Cork suburb of Rochestown could become a retirement village if a recent planning application is successful.

The proposal relating to the Hop Island equestrian centre was lodged with Cork County Council earlier this month by Liam O’Driscoll and John Buckley.

Among the details are plans to demolish a sun-room and annex to Island House, and also to knock stables and an equestrian building.

The applicants are seeking permission to build a two-storey extension to the house, to include 21 apartments, library, meeting room, medical room, gym and other resident facilities.

A further 16 apartments would be provided in a proposed two-storey building on the footprint of the existing equestrian centre.

Planned changes to a former bar to facilitate a new Wetherspoons pub in Blackrock, Co Dublin have been approved.

JD Wetherspoon PLC had applied last April to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, which granted permission in June, for the development. The plan was to make changes such as windows and new openings to the front and side elevations, and the provision of an outdoor garden area to the rear of the former Tonic Bar at Temple Road, Carysfort Avenue.

A third-party appeal meant the application had to be considered by a planning inspector, before the appeals board could issue its decision earlier this month to uphold the grant of permission.

Fresh plans for a motorway service area outside Mitchelstown in north Cork have been lodged.

In February, An Bord Pleanála had turned down Applegreen Service Areas Ltd’s plans to develop such a facility off the M8, citing the absence of updated national service area policy by the National Roads Authority.

The application, which was submitted to Cork County Council this month, is for a facility off Junction 13 of the Cork-Dublin route, to include an amenity building with convenience shop, five eat-in-takeaway cafes/restaurants, parking for 120 cars and other facilities.

Last month, JR Oronoco Ltd. which was similarly refused permission in February for a service area off the M8 at Moorepark outside nearby Fermoy, resubmitted plans to the same local authority.

A proposed rail station to serve an east Cork retail and business park is the subject of an application to extend planning permission.

In 2009, plans were first lodged with Cork County Council for the works at the Fota Retail and Business Park in Carrigtwohill, on the existing commuter rail line from the city. That plan — which included a 90-metre platform and 94-space park-and-ride facility — was approved and the council is now being asked to allow permission run for a longer period.

An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for the conversion of a former Dublin city centre bank to a restaurant.

Dublin City Council had previously refused the application last April of Arthur Campbell for the change of use of the disused Bank of Ireland premises at the eastern end of Talbot Street.

In July, planners said the area had a high number of coffee shops, restaurants and takeaways, and also cited the provision of inappropriate glazing treatments and the loss of high-quality door and window arrangements.

However, after an appeal by the applicant, the board has decided to grant permission subject to conditions.

Cork City Council should decide by the end of next week on plans for changes to the Merchant’s Quay Shopping Centre.

Atrium Nominees Ltd applied for permission in October to make the internal and exterior alterations to the city centre development.

They included the moving of the St Patrick’s Street entrance, and the changing of part of the ground-floor and first-floor malls from circulation space to retail.

The replacement of brick cladding and new glazing to the three-storey corner of Merchant’s Quay and St Patrick’s Street is also proposed in the application, which has prompted submissions by An Taisce, and from retail tenants Dunnes Stores and The Edinburgh Woollen Mill.


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