Green light for massive housing project on Cork's northside 

Green light for massive housing project on Cork's northside 

Longview Estates Ltd have conditionally been granted permission from An Bord Pleanala to construct 753 residential dwellings in Ballyvolane.

The green light has been given to massive housing development on the northside of Cork city.

Longview Estates Ltd have conditionally been granted permission from An Bord Pleanala to construct 753 residential dwellings in Ballyvolane.

Ten-year planning was sought due to the scale of the project, however, one of the conditions of the development is that permission will be granted for a period of seven years.

The Strategic Housing Development at Lahardane and Ballincolly is proposed to comprise 67 detached houses - 31 four-bed and 36 three-bed homes. It’s proposed there will be 278 semi-detached houses - 41 of which have four bedrooms, with another 237 of those three-bed houses.

An artist impression of the Ballyvolane housing project.
An artist impression of the Ballyvolane housing project.

186 terraced houses are included in the plans ranging from two to four beds, there are also 69 two and three-bed duplexes proposed, while there are three apartment blocks included in the proposal with 153 units in total.

The decision has 32 of conditions attached.

Condition 4 stipulated that the northern vehicular access to the L2976 local road shall be omitted and replaced with a pedestrian-only access and vehicular turning head.

The developers, prior to the commencement of construction, must also submit revised drawings reflecting a revised, larger community centre for the development.

The project is due to be delivered over a number of phases, however, prior to the commencement of development revised proposals for an internal vehicular connection from Phase 4 to the rest of the development must be submitted, as must plans to provide a direct connection for pedestrians and cyclists from Phase 4 to the proposed Greenway and from the south western section of the estate to the existing Greenway.

The inspector had highlighted some concerns with the proposal to build the 753 residential units, however, the board saw a number of merits to the development.

They said that a “long-term impact on population will be positive and will comply with the national target for the expansion of major cities.” 

The board also believes the upgrade of the Ballyhooley Road will provide a long-term positive for cyclists and pedestrians.

The board said the proposed development was of acceptable residential density in this location, and would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area.

The order also states that the development “would be acceptable in terms of urban design, height and quantum of development and would be acceptable in terms of pedestrian and traffic safety.” 

Therefore, An Bord Pleanala has said that the development will be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

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