Decision due tomorrow on huge Cork housing development

Decision due tomorrow on huge Cork housing development
An artist impression of the Ballyvolane housing project.

The decision on a mammoth housing project on Cork city’s northside is due to be made on Tuesday.

An Bord Pleanála will either give the go ahead to or refuse the proposal to build 753 residential units at Lahardane and Ballincolly, Ballyvolane.

Developers Longview Estates Limited submitted the Strategic Housing Development application directly to An Bord Pleanála, bypassing the local authorities planning department.

Ten-year planning was sought due to the scale of the project.

The proposed development comprises 67 detached houses - 31 four-bed and 36 three-bed homes. It’s proposed there will be 278 semi-detached houses - 41 of which have four bedrooms, with another 237 of those three-bed houses.

An artist impression of the Ballyvolane housing project.
An artist impression of the Ballyvolane housing project.

186 terraced houses are included in the plans ranging from two to four beds, there are also 69 two and three bed duplexes proposed, while there are three apartment blocks included in the proposal with 153 units in total.

Planning documentation estimates show the cost of a four-bed semi-detached house coming in at just over €324,000, while a two-bedroom mid-terraced house is priced at around €243,000. A two-bed duplex is estimated to cost just under €200,000.

A number of open spaces and play areas, a community centre including a crèche, two retail units, and a doctors surgery are included in the planning proposal.

An artist impression of the Ballyvolane housing project.
An artist impression of the Ballyvolane housing project.

When the application was lodged it was anticipated that, if given the green light by An Bord Pleanála, works would get underway at the site in 2021, with the project taking place over six phases.

Locals had cited concerns about the lack of infrastructure in the area when the application was lodged, but were said to be largely in favour of the project otherwise.

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