Transport company refused permission to convert former Hormann site

Latest planning notes and updates January 2015

The conversion of a former electronics plant site to a transport company depot has been refused planning permission by Cork City Council.

Last November, Murphy Transport made the application in relation to the 2.5-acre former Hormann Electronics site at Mahon Industrial Estate where the industrial building has been demolished since the plant closure in 2008.

The plan to move part of the company’s base from Ballinlough Road to Mahon, both on the city’s southside, followed a similar application early last year.

That proposal was refused in April 2014 as planners said the noise, traffic and other disturbance would negatively impact residents of nearby homes.

The revised application also sought to include office and staff facilities, parking areas and other facilities, but included changes to the location on the site of lorry parking, the enclosure of proposed truck-washing facilities, and revised operating hours.

However, the council has again refused permission, citing noise, excessive heavy vehicle movements and other disturbance to residents, as well as zoning issues on the site classed for business and technology use.

A German-owned valve manufacturer is looking to build a facility at an east Cork IDA centre.

SchuF Valve Technology GmbH already has a facility at Lehenaghmore in Togher on the southside of Cork city.

In a recent application to Cork County Council, the company is seeking permission for a two-storey manufacturing and assembly building, including production and administration areas. It is also proposed to provide a new site entrance and access road on the site in the IDA Business & Technology Park in Carrigtwohill.

Plans to extend previous permission for the redevelopment of the Doughcloyne Hotel site in Togher on Cork’s southside have been lodged.

Cork County Council has been asked to grant permission to Tom Kingston and John Gaffney to extend the duration of approval for an application first lodged almost six years ago. In March 2010, after a third-party appeal was withdrawn, the local authority gave the go-ahead for a mixed-use commercial scheme.

The works would involve partially demolishing the suburban hotel building and partial change of use to provide five shops, a betting shop and pharmacy in a central mall, all at ground floor level.

At first floor level, it is planned to have a restaurant, function/community room, office, medical consulting rooms and a new dining room and kitchen area.

Cork County Council has also been asked to extend permission for part of a housing scheme near Mallow for which plans were first lodged almost a decade ago.

John and Elaine Barry want the duration for approval granted on foot of 2009 plans for 20 homes and relocation of a site entrance at Carhookeal rural, outside the north Cork town. The success of that application at the time resulted in a slight reduction to 216 in the number of homes permitted on the site, for which the parent application was submitted to planners in 2006.

A recent decision to grant permission for a housing scheme in Dublin 6 west has been referred to An Bord Pleanála. In an application last May, J Murphy Developments Ltd sought permission to build 63 new homes, after first demolishing existing buildings at St Pancras Works, in Terenure.

Dublin City Council granted permission before Christmas for the development, to include 36 mostly-terraced houses, and 27 apartments in a four-storey block on the site at Mount Tallant Avenue. The plans also include construction of a shop on part of the site which also backs onto Harold’s Cross Road.

The council’s decision, which included more than a dozen conditions, has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála which expects to make its ruling on the case by mid-May.


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