Planning notes that caught our eye ...

Mahon Point 

The provision of more than 1,000 square metres of additional floor space in part of the City Gate office development in Mahon is due for a planning decision in the next week.

In plans submitted to the city council in August, developer John Cleary’s Progressive Commercial Construction Ltd sought permission for a new set-back upper floor for office use.

It relates to one of three blocks in the overall scheme permitted in 2009 and the application includes a letter of approval by Irish Life, which bought two of the City Gate blocks last year. The files say the set-back proposal is in keeping with original planners’ suggestions, when they restricted the planned height to four storeys.

The application says the proposed additional 1,099 sq m is modest in the context of allowed space in the Mahon local area plan. It also contends that employee density at the site has changed since a number of approvals for restaurant and medical uses at the City Gate development.

A decision was due this week on the planned construction on a vacant city centre site between Cork’s bus and rail stations.

The application of Kieran O’Shea in mid-August was to build a shop and three apartments in a four-storey building on the Brian Boru Street site, near St Patrick’s Quay. A previous shop on the site was demolished on foot of a 1998 application, which had also sought to build on the site but the development had not taken place and previous permissions having lapsed in 2003 and again two years ago.In one of a number of submissions to Cork City Council, in relation to latest plans, the owner of an adjacent car park in a protected building on St Patrick’s Quay sought clarity on a few points. Paul Kenny was seeking information on parking and drainage proposals, and that consideration be given to the proximity to his building.

UCC 

University College Cork has been given planning permission for site works to facilitate the development of a major maritime research centre on the southside of Cork harbour.

The university applied at the end of July for the works, on a site of 15 acres next to Cork Institute of Technology’s National Maritime College of Ireland, just outside Ringaskiddy. The development also adjoins the under-construction Beaufort Laboratory, for which permission was given on foot of a 2011 application to Cork County Council.

The college got permission in late 2011 for the maritime research-and-testing centre, in a single-storey building of 10 metres and in another over three storeys, part of the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC), a partnership with CIT and the nearby Irish Naval Service.

The approval just granted by the same planning authority relates to the proposed construction of a new road, to be accessed by an existing road and entrance from Haulbowline Road, which was being built when the plans were lodged.

National Rehabilitation Hospital 

An application for a new, 120-bed wing for the National Rehabilitation Hospital, in Dun Laoghaire, is to be made to An Bord Pleanála.

The board has decided, following consultations over the past year with the hospital, that the plans constitute a strategic infrastructural development. It will be the first phase of redevelopment at the site, where permission was previously granted, in 2008, for a larger, 250-bed project that did not proceed.

Instead, the planned wing for in-patient care will now be the subject of an application to the board, its categorisation meaning it does not have to go to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in the first instance, for consideration.

Bandon housing scheme 

A planning application lodged last month proposes to develop a small housing scheme in Bandon.

Jim O’Driscoll applied for permission for 16 two-storey, semi-detached homes at Castleoaks, Gully.

The same applicant has lodged a separate application seeking to replace one house in a scheme of 14 semi-detached homes, permitted in July, with a two-storey townhouse block of three units. In 2010, Mr O’Driscoll had sought permission to complete a development of 78 new homes at the same location, for which approval was granted to Bernard Murphy in 2005.


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