Plannning Notes: Permission granted for medical clinic at Lotamore

An historic home on Cork’s northside is in line to become a medical clinic after a recent grant of planning permission.

An historic home on Cork’s northside is in line to become a medical clinic after a recent grant of planning permission. In July last, Cork County Council was asked to approve the change of use for Lotamore House, previously in use as a guesthouse. The house at Lotamore, Tivoli, was the subject of an application by John and Susan Waterstone, who proposed to provide consultation rooms, surgeries, medical offices and lab facilities. The application sought to make internal modifications to existing buildings, demolish outbuildings, and to provide a one-bedroom apartment in the first floor of the former coach house. The council granted permission to the applicants in late October.

Permission has been granted for a butter manufacturing facility in north Cork for which plans were lodged under two months ago.

Cork County Council approved the application of Kerrygold Butter Packaging Ltd for Castlefarm, where it was proposed to build a main facility of 13.5 metres height. It is to include 2,160 sq m of single-storey production space, 1,110 sq m office space over two floors, and a further 1,700 sq m of storage and distribution space.

The application now granted clearance also sought permission for a single-storey liquid ingredients intake building, 10 liquid storage silos of 15 metres in height, a 50-space car park, and access from the site to the N73 (Kildorrery) roundabout.

Leave to appeal has been granted to a third party in relation to the recent grant of permission for changes to the interior of two existing premises to create a proposed Cork city centre Wetherspoon’s pub. Cork City Council gave its permission in late August for the change of use from nightclub to pub at the former Carey’s Lane premises, previously Mangan’s nightclub. The application by JD Wetherspoon last May had also proposed a changed layout, and the knocking of walls to join the club to the adjoining former Newport Bar which fronts Rory Gallagher Plaza on Paul Street.

While conditions were applied to the permission, the board has decided the third party has entitlement to appeal that decision on grounds. It held that the further information provided by the applicant made a material difference to the original application, by introducing planned provision of a smoking area/beer garden to the rear of the premises.

The application had attracted no submissions at local authority planning stage, but a final decision is likely to be delayed until 2015.

A scheme of 172 new houses in Tyrrelstown on the north-western fringes of Dublin city has been given planning permission.

Twinlite Services Ltd applied to Fingal County Council to build 177 houses at Church Road, Kilmartin in August 2013. The council gave consent in April, after receiving significant further information, but the neighbouring Hollystown Golf Club’s appeal prompted a re-examination of the plans by An Bord Pleanála. Although originally deeming the appeal vexatious, the inspector compiled a further report on the planning considerations on the direction of the board. The recommendation was to grant permission with conditions, and revised conditions were imposed by the board in deciding to approve the plans.

O’Brien and O’Flynn have been refused permission on the proposed development of 18 serviced sites near Passage West in Cork harbour.

The same applicants have twice been refused permission by the appeals board, in 2008 and 2011, for a development of more than 120 homes on the same sloping site outside Monkstown, overlooking Cork harbour. In 2012, the firm applied to develop 18 residential serviced sites on the six-acre site, but later withdrew the application.

The similarly-phrased application most recently under consideration was submitted to Cork County Council last year and permission granted last April, subject to 40 conditions. There were five third-party appeals, including one by the since-disbanded Passage West Town Council, and on foot of the matters considered, a recommendation to grant permission was made by the planning inspector.

However, the board has decided not to accept the recommendation, saying the density was lower than guidelines require for such zoned land, and that the absence of plans for pedestrian links to the site contravened national planning guidelines.

Planning permission recently granted for the conversion of Dublin 2 offices to a hotel has been appealed.

In August, Plaza on the Square Ltd sought approval from Dublin City Council for the change of use at 16 to 18 and the rear of 15 Pembroke Street Lower. The site is bounded by Fitzwilliam Square West and Windsor Place, and it was proposed to change the use from offices to a 108-bedroom hotel.

The local authority gave planning permission subject to conditions early last month, but the submission of third party appeals to An Bord Pleanála means a final decision is not now due until next March.

Plans for a small residential development in north Cork city have been given permission. Cork County Council approved the application of D & J Builders for the works at Rathpeacon, between Blackpool and Blarney. The proposal was to build 20 semi-detached and six terraced houses, and one detached home, with a crèche.

An Aldi supermarket for Bandon has been permitted for a second time by Cork County Council. Early last year, the planning authority gave permission for a similar application for a store in place of the Bandon Office Supplies building at Station Road, which was proposed for demolition. But after An Bord Pleanála reversed that decision almost a year ago, fresh plans were lodged by Aldi. Following the receipt of further information from the applicants, the council has approved the latest plans.


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