Cork school gets permission for major development

Cork school gets permission for major development
Artist impression - Christian Brothers College, Cork. Photo O'Donnell & Tuomey Architects.

Conditional permission has been granted for a five-storey educational development in Cork city.

The project will see a new school house built, on the site comprising Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Wellington Road, Cork and St. Patrick's Hill, Cork city.

Christian Brothers College Board of Management were, this week, granted permission for the development subject to 33 conditions.

The new school house looks set to comprise eight classrooms, a library, a digital suite, four offices, as well as a school hall, bathrooms and stores.

The structure applied for has a 2435m2 floor area and an overall height of 21.1m, with frontage onto St. Patrick's Hill. They’re also set to upgrade an existing vehicular entrance from St. Patrick's Hill to include a pedestrian gate.

This development also includes a new porch entrance to the main building and a covered seating area to the all-weather sports pitch.

Works at the CBC Preparatory School also at Sidney Hill, are also included in the application, including the demolition of a plant room and library and the construction of a new larger library and a fire escape stair.

A number of submissions had been made on the project early on in the planning process, including from one resident of Patrick’s Hill who said they had “suffered the effects of traffic congestion, generated by school activities, for several years.” He said a potential expansion of numbers at the school would be unacceptable to residents.

“When these congestion conditions occur they create life and death situations - there are lengthy periods when emergency vehicles could not enter the Audley Place / Patrick’s Hill area,” the submission added.

An architecture firm has said they agree with the development in principle, but had issues with aspects of the scale and massing of the building, overshadowing, security, traffic and road safety and the zoning of the area. They are also concerned anti-social behaviour would become a bigger issue than it is currently.

A third lengthy submission has queried the expansion of the school population and knock-on effects to the area, as well as whether the development is in keeping with the Cork City Development plan.

The final two submissions come from the same company on behalf of a client. The first was submitted in response to the initial application, while the second was a follow-up submission after more information on the development was provided to planners, which the objector found wasn’t adequate to address their concerns.

The potential number of additional students and traffic issues were some of the main issues highlighted.

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