Go-ahead for 31 homes just outside Cork city

Go-ahead for 31 homes just outside Cork city

Thirty-one houses are set to be constructed in an estate just outside Cork City.

Alumcrest Limited has been granted permission by An Bord Pleanála for the development of a greenfield site at Lios Cara, Rathpeacon, Killeens. To the north, the site is bound by the existing Lois Cara estate, where there are currently 94 completed dwellings.

The development involves the construction of 31 houses, comprising seven two-bed townhouses, 10 three-bed townhouses, and 14 three-bed semi-detached houses, all of which were due to be two-storey but have to be revised following the Bord Pleanála ruling.

The development comprises five dwelling types, 24 of which are on the eastern side of the estate road and seven on the western side.

Two car parking spaces are provided per dwelling in a combination of driveways and communal parking.

Cork County Council had previously been granted permission subject to 43 conditions, despite seven submissions and objections, including from two councillors, while the decision was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Four submissions and observations were lodged with An Bord Pleanála which cited a number of concerns about overlooking buildings having a negative impact on the existing residential amenities.

Concern was also raised that the scheme is situated in an area previously designated as public open space, while the density of the scheme being out of character with the existing Lois Cara residential development was also highlighted.

A total of 16 conditions were attached to An Bord Pleanála’s decision, including that houses 7-13 be replaced with single-storey dwellings.

The site, which was under Cork County Council’s remit, is now sited within the jurisdiction of Cork City Council.

It is the latest in a number of smaller-scale residential developments that have been announced in recent months.

Last week, plans were revealed for the first housing development to be built in Frankfield for more than two decades.

Developer Calder Developments Limited is building 24 homes in Frankfield, close to Douglas, with prices starting from €369,950 for a three-bed semi-detached house.

The Oaks development is described as a “niche” development with homes larger than traditional three- and four-bed semi-detached houses.

In a statement, the developers said: “In response to the growing need for the delivery of high-quality housing in the Cork market, Calder Initiatives is delighted to announce details of The Oaks at Bellevue, Frankfield.

“This is the first new residential development project in the Frankfield area in more than 20 years, making it a much sought-after location for families.”

The Oaks is a development of 24 homes within easy reach of Douglas village and its environs.

The homes are larger than traditional three- and four-bed semi-detached properties, and offer an A-rated energy efficiency.

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