Student apartment plans turned down in Cork

An Bord Pleanála has turned down plans to build eight new student apartments in the Brookfield student village and leisure centre near University College Cork.

The application dating back to early February 2015 sought permission to construct the apartments over two storeys next to the Brookfield Leisure Centre, off College Road on the city’s southside. It was proposed to provide a mix of six-bedroom and seven-bedroom apartments, and conditional permission was granted last July by Cork City Council.

Soon after, a separate application from the same firm Variety Holdings Ltd sought approval for works at the Brookfield development to include a similar eight apartments south of the leisure centre.

This was before a third-party appeal was lodged with An Bord Pleanála in relation to the council approval, and that has now been overturned at the start of this month.

In the meantime, Cork City council had approved the additional student accommodation proposed in last August’s application. The plan was to also provide nine new apartments through the change of use of the leisure centre and of the building for which hotel use is currently permitted.

That later application is now also the subject of consideration by a planning inspector, a third-party appeal in relation to the council’s approval having been submitted last month.

A plan to develop 200 new homes at an 11-acre site in Howth, north Co. Dublin has been granted permission.

Just over three years ago, after appeals had been considered, Glenkerrin Homes got the approval of An Bord Pleanála for a scheme in which it was originally proposed to provide 290 apartments and other units on the site at Howth Road of the former Techrete plant and the former Teeling motor company.

The same scheme was to include three large shops, two office units, a leisure centre, community centre and other facilities.

In August last year, the same firm – listed by Fingal County Council’s planning website as being in receivership — applied for a scaled-down development at the same site which is near Howth DART station. It proposed knocking more than 8,000 square metres of industrial and commercial buildings, and to build 145 apartments in five blocks. The application also sought permission for 55 houses, including four for the Traveller community.

Also planned were six commercial units, such as retail, restaurant/café, and gym, of sizes up to 615sq m, a crèche, and a community centre with sports hall, meeting rooms, coffee shop, gym and outdoor sports facilities.

The local authority granted permission almost a month ago for the scheme, subject to 50 conditions.

Cork City Council should decide by the weekend whether to grant permission for nearly 100 new student apartments on the Carrigrohane Road on the western outskirts of the city.

Gainstar Limited Partnership submitted plans before Christmas to knock existing buildings at the former Coca-Cola bottling plant, and to construct 92 apartments. Each unit would have between three and six bedrooms, while two caretaker and staff apartments were also proposed for the development relatively convenient to University College Cork and Cork IT.

The application also includes plans for a student gym, games room, meeting and study rooms, and the development would range from four to seven storeys in height.

Cork County Council has approved a retail warehousing and business & enterprise development outside Carrigtwohilll in east Cork.

The decision follows an application last August by Fota Business Park to construct a single-storey building with eight retail warehouse units, one to include outside sales and display area. The same proposal, on which the firm responded recently to planners’ request for further information, sought permission to 15 enterprise/trade/business units with overhead offices.

The facility is proposed to be linked to a new commuter rail station, on the Cork-Midleton line, for which existing planning permission had been extended last year.

A dozen new houses have been permitted by An Bord Pleanála for a site on the west of Galway city where numerous previous applications were unsuccessful.

Galway City Council had turned down the latest application for the site at Lenabower, west of Cappagh Road last August, where Kenny Development and Co. Ltd wanted to build 18 new homes. A planning inspector recommended upholding that decision, but the board has allowed the scheme, although the conditions omitted six of the proposed houses.

A 2010 application for 18 homes on the site was refused, and a similar-sized scheme was proposed in 2014 but the application withdrawn before a decision issued from the council. Previous proposals for schemes of 32 to 42 houses on land incorporating the site were refused in the late 1990s.

A four-star 181 bedroom hotel proposed for the site of a former medical clinic has got local authority approval in southside Dublin, but awaits the outcome of an appeal.

The six-storey development was the subject of plans lodged with Dublin City Council last June by DS Charlemont Ltd. It sought permission to partially demolish 35 and 36 Charlemont Street but to refurbish number 37, all formerly the Charlemont Medical Clinic. The latter address was formerly St Ultan’s Hospital and is a protected structure, and the change of use from a medical clinic to hotel lounge at ground floor with bedrooms at first and second floors was proposed.

Other facilities planned include business facilities, restaurant, hotel café/bar and fitness suite, as well as three apartments.

Following an appeal of Dublin City Council’s grant of permission a month ago, early June date is the likely date for the outcome. The Dalata Hotel Group this week paid €11.9m for the Charlement Clinic site

A new boutique hotel in the Dublin southside suburb of Ranelagh has been given planning permission, but awaits the deliberations of An Bord Pleanála.

In November last, Original Point Ltd./Oakmount applied to knock the two-storey numbers 117 to 119 Ranelagh, Dublin 6 and a large two-storey industrial unit, extending at the rear to Mornington Road. In their place, the plan is to build a three-storey hotel, to have five floors including basement with a total floor area of almost 1,900sq m.

The applicants proposed to Dublin City Council that the development will comprise 41 bedrooms, roof-top restaurant at penthouse level, and a bar and restaurant.

The council’s decision to grant permission just over a month ago has prompted more than a handful of third-party appeals.


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