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Cork City Hall
Cork City Hall

City Hall lodges plans for 135 homes in Mahon

PLANS for 135 new homes in Mahon have been lodged by City Hall.

It is the latest in a series of social housing planning applications submitted as the local authority strives to inject units to the city’s under-pressure housing stock.

Applications for more than 100 units in Knocknaheeny have been lodged, while significant plans in Blackpool and the South Parish are advancing too. The latest plan includes 135 homes at Bessboro Road in Mahon.

It includes 24 houses, 64 duplexes and a three-storey apartment block comprising 27 apartments. There are also provisions for a creche, utility buildings and upgraded roads and pedestrian access.

Currently, the site is zoned for ‘high technology industry and office-based industry’ in the Cork City Development Plan and, as such, requires a material contravention for a change of use.

This can only be approved by a vote of Cork City Council and is likely to take place at a meeting in early September after sufficient time for observations and submissions from the public has passed.

Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy is chairperson of the south-east ward.

He said that councillors will meet in the coming weeks to discuss whether it is appropriate to change the zoning from industrial to residential.

A similar proposal for 66 houses on Bessboro Road received backing from councillors in April but previous proposals for other parts of Mahon have not been backed.

Mr McCarthy said, “There are divergent views amongst local councillors on the type of housing in the area. I am on record saying there is clearly a demand for housing in the south east but increased traffic congestion and traffic lockdown is not sustainable.

“I have huge worries around that; the inability to create further access routes onto the link road will lead to traffic chaos and this is in the hands of the National Transport Authority — and this is despite the increasing bus transport infrastructure being put in at present.

“For me, I would love to see a large public park in the old Bessboro estate bar choc-a-block housing filling up all of the lands.”