DEVELOPERS have lodged a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanála for the construction of more than 250 residential units in a Cork city suburb.
MWB Two Limited is seeking to build 252 apartments, six houses, and a creche in Ballinure, Blackrock.
In-depth information of its exact location and design will not be available until the application is formally submitted.
An Bord Pleanála will rule on whether this particular application should proceed by May 27.
This is the second large-scale SHD development touted for the Blackrock area in less than 12 months, as developers Glenveagh Homes Limited got the green light last July to fast-track 274 apartments on the grounds of the former Ursuline Convent in Blackrock.
It comes as decisions are due to be made this month on two more significant SHD applications will be in Cork city and surrounding areas.
On Thursday, An Bord Pleanála will release their decision on whether 237 residential units, comprising of 183 houses, and 54 apartments can proceed at Cluain Ard, Ringmeen, Cobh, Cork.
At the end of the month, the very large development on the northside of Cork city will find out its fate.
The future of 753 residential units made up of 531 houses and 222 apartments at Lahardane and Ballincolly, Ballyvolane, Cork city will be known by April 28.
Concerns had been raised about the road infrastructure, schools, water connections and public transport that will be needed to support a development of this scale on the city’s northside.
A pre-application consultation such as this latest one in Blackrock is a mandatory step developers must take prior to making an official application for a SHD to An Bord Pleanala.
An Bord Pleanala validates the application to ensure it satisfies the requirements for a SHD.
Cork City Council’s planning department will then be notified, and asked to submit their opinion on the application.
A pre-application consultation meeting is held between the developer, planning authority and An Bord Pleanala, following which the planning appeals board makes their ruling.
If given the go-ahead, developers can then submit a formal application.
The Government’s SHD scheme allows developers to bypass local authority planning departments and apply directly to the planning appeals board for developments of more than 100 units in order to fast-track delivery.