Ballincollig development given green light; objector says it's a violation of human rights

Ballincollig development given green light; objector says it's a violation of human rights
A computer-generated image of the planned housing development on the Link Road site in Ballincollig.

A housing development one local objector described as “a violation of our fundamental human right to privacy” has been given the green light by Cork City Council.

The 40 dwelling units, from developers Boar's Head Limited, are set to be built over three storeys at Leo Murphy Road/Link Road, Poulavone, Carrigrohane, Ballincollig, Cork City on the former ESB depot ste.

The units consist of nine one-bedroom apartments, eight two-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom duplex units, six three-bedroom townhouses, and 13 three-bedroom duplexes.

It will also see 46 parking spaces and 39 bicycle spaces, with the vehicular and pedestrian access located to the east of the site onto Leo Murphy Road/Link Road.

The go-ahead was given by Cork City Council for the development, despite more than 30 objections and submissions on the project - mostly from local residents.

Some of the main issues in the submissions included the height and proximity of the development, with a number of residents on Leo Murphy Terrace submitting similar objections. Among their issues was that rear garden privacy in eight homes “will be removed.” 

One objector said the development would be “an invasion of our right to privacy” while another went so far as to say it would be a violation of their human rights.

Other issues in some of the objections included the impact on traffic, the location of bins, and inadequate boundary solutions.

Councillor Colm Kelleher made a submission where he said he was in favour of the development to address the need for housing, but was making an observation on the excessive height of the development, and said that the consideration of residents should be taken into account.

Meanwhile, Councillor Garret Kelleher raised a number of concerns, including inadequate infrastructure for the development.

32 conditions were attached to the permission granted for the development in Ballincollig, which can be appealed to An Bord Pleanala by March 18.

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