A 38 unit development in a Cork town has been granted permission to proceed, despite local objections.
Initially, Cork County Council green-lit the proposals at Kilmoney, Church Hill, Carrigaline but that decision was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
The plans from Athena Private Assets Limited sought to demolish an existing derelict dwelling to make way for the construction of 12 apartments and 26 duplexes.
Most of those apartments are set to be one-bedroom, while there are two two-bed apartments, as well as the 26 three-bed duplexes.
Two valid appeals were lodged against the proposals.
The first appeal, which was signed by two people, stated that they lived immediately to the east of proposed residential unit numbers 1 to 4.
According to An Bord Pleanála reports, they warned of “a serious subsidence risk associated with the demolition of the derelict building and the clearance of all banking to the appellants’ site boundary in order to accommodate the site entrance.” They highlighted the need for a replacement wall boundary to be built for safety and privacy.
They also highlighted issues with the density of the proposed development and claimed there would be a loss of privacy and loss of light to themselves if the plans move forward.
They added that the proposal would result in the potential destruction of a feature of local character and history, namely the old church boundary wall.
The second appeal, from an individual who lives to the north of proposed unit 36, stated that he felt there was no basis to be satisfied that the traffic impact would be acceptable.
He also highlighted overshadowing and obstructing access to sunlight as potential impacts on his property and others in the estate. The appeal was also signed by other residents of Maurland Estate.
However, the go-ahead was given for the plans to proceed subject to 13 conditions.