Formal application for development at former Cork hospital site expected by year end

Formal application for development at former Cork hospital site expected by year end

The former St. Kevin's Hospital overlooking the Lee Road and Carrigrohane Road, Cork.

A FORMAL strategic housing development (SHD) application for the former St Kevin’s Hospital site in Cork city is expected to be made by the end of the year.

The Land Development Agency (LDA), which was established in 2018 with the promise it would build 150,000 homes over 20 years using State land, had begun the planning process with An Bord Pleanála having submitted a pre-application consultation to build social housing.

Their proposal included the provision for the construction of 274 residential units - 46 of which are houses, while there would also be 228 apartments, and an on-site creche at the site in Shanakiel which is approximately 14 acres.

According to the LDA project description, the development would offer “expansive views over the western suburbs of the city".

They also say that the well-known Cork landmark would be transformed “into an attractive residential development with a mix of social, affordable and private homes.” However, the planning board recommended that the proposal be reconsidered or amended in a decision released last week.

A spokesperson for the LDA has told The Echo in a statement, however, that they still expect a formal application to be submitted later this year.

“The Land Development Agency (LDA) has now completed pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanála in respect of the proposed development of the Former St Kevin’s Hospital and grounds, under the Strategic Housing Development process.

“Preparation is now underway to address matters of detail raised by An Bord Pleanála.

“The LDA is confident that the issues raised will be addressed and that the planning application submission will be made before the end of the year,” the statement concluded.

St Kevin's Hospital itself was closed by the HSE in 2002 and, following years of anti-social behaviour at the site, was added to the derelict sites register in February 2017.

A fire in July 2017 gutted the St Kevin’s building with numerous smaller fires and anti-social behaviour instances reported since.

It was revealed in The Echo in July 2019 that the dilapidated building had been acquired by the LDA.

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