A Cork developer has applied for permission for a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) in Ballincollig.
O’Flynn Construction has applied through An Bord Pleanala’s fast-track process for SHDs for permission to construct 123 apartments in three blocks on the Old Fort Road.
The blocks, which range in height from three to six storeys, are connected by two podiums at first floor level.
The five-year planning would see a mix of one and two bed apartments, as well as a creche or childcare facility, internal residential amenity space and residents gym.
The proposals also include landscaping and amenity areas within the development, including play/amenity areas at podium level.
The site, which is 1.22 hectares in size, is located to the north of the main street of Ballincollig, a location local Councillor Derry Canty said is fast becoming “the ‘in’ place at the moment”.
“A lot of people are looking towards Ballincollig because of the amenities and everything that we have here,” he said.
Twelve of the units, or approximately 10% look set to be allocated for social housing, which planning documents say are “equally distributed throughout the scheme to allow the best possible integration for all residents” - something Councillor Canty welcomes.
“The housing list is getting longer and longer all the time and if we can help at all to get some people off the housing list, regardless, it will be fantastic altogether.
“Houses are very scarce at the moment.
“You have single parents, and single people who are looking for housing and are on the housing list.
“This will be another three to four years before I say it’s been built, but they’re welcome.” All of the units in this development will be one or two bedroom apartments, with the breakdown proposed as 39 one-bed units and 84 two-bed units, which the developers say will “cater for a variety of users - singles, couples and small families, across the full age spectrum.” 54 of the proposed 123 apartments are dual aspect-units.
Four outdoor car parking spaces, along with 94 indoor spaces are proposed, along with 24 outdoor bicycle parking spaces with a further 272 indoor. Indoor car parking is proposed on the Ground Floor of the development beneath the buildings and podiums.
Developers say the housing scheme “will provide a positive and significant contribution to the housing supply in Ballincollig and the wider catchment area.” An Bord Pleanala will rule on whether the proposed scheme can proceed by the end of September.