A DECISION is due on a hugely controversial strategic housing development in Cobh this week.
Coakley O’Neill Town Planning Ltd, on behalf of 1 Ash Grove Land Limited applied to An Bord Pleanala for permission for the SHD of 237 units at Ringmeen.
This development is proposed as an extension and completion of the existing Cluain Ard estate and extends into a new development to the north to complete the site.
Locals in the Cobh area were up in arms at the proposal, and highlighted a lack of adequate infrastructure, and a lack of school places as two major issues with the development when it was first submitted. They were due to submit objections to An Bord Pleanala on the proposal.
It’s anticipated that hundreds of signatures were gathered to oppose the proposal.
Locals, however, did support a previous planning application in the area, but claim that the new one has cut down hugely on green areas and parking.
This site has previously been subject to a number of planning applications in the last 20 years. A residential development of 244 homes was permitted in 2002, while another was given the go ahead in 2004, which consisted of 202 houses and 24 apartments In 2018, permission was refused for 311 homes and a creche on the site.
This development, however, proposes 183 houses at Cluain Ard - 49 of which will be two-bed townhouses, 60 will be three-bed townhouses; there’s due to be 25 three-bed semi-detached/townhouses as well as 48 three-bed semi-detached houses with just one four-bed detached house.
There are also 54 proposed apartments and duplexes proposed, 12 of which are one-bed apartments; 15 are two-bed apartments; while there are also 27 two-bed duplex apartments. These apartment/duplex units are set out in a series of 8 blocks around the south of the site ranging from four units to ten units per block. Each of these blocks are three storeys high and each unit has ground floor access.
An Bord Pleanala will rule on the development at Cluain Ard, Ringmeen, Cobh by this coming Thursday.