Proposed Cork city housing project described as 'violation of human right to privacy'

Proposed Cork city housing project described as 'violation of human right to privacy'

A HOUSING development that one local resident described as “a violation of our fundamental human right to privacy” has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

Permission had been granted by Cork City Council to Boar’s Head Ltd to demolish the existing structures at Leo Murphy Road/Link Road, Poulavone, Carrigrohane, Ballincollig and construct 40 dwelling units. These consist of nine one-bedroom apartments, eight two-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom duplex units, six three-bedroom townhouses, and 13 three-bedroom duplexes.

Nine households in Ballincollig have submitted a joint objection to the development.

They address issues including privacy, noise, and traffic in their submission: “We wish to stress again that this is not a case of ‘not in my backyard’. 

"The residents are well aware of the urgent requirement for housing and are sensible enough to realise that some development, even development of an intensive nature, is inevitable here. 

"They do, however, consider the current proposals to be ‘over the top’ and do not bear the ‘sensitivities’ of the site — particularly the fact this site is adjoining housing that has been at the centre of what was a rural village for over 60 years.”

They have urged stronger conditions to be invoked on the development. The case is due to be decided by July 20.

Meanwhile, MV Kelleher Development was granted conditional permission to construct dwellings at Curra, Riverstick. 

One of 16 conditions stipulates they can only construct seven of nine dwellings, and must keep the space intended for the last two houses as open space “until such time as it is used to provide vehicular and pedestrian access to the lands to the rear.”

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