Appeal lodged with An Bord Pleanála against Penrose Quay development

Appeal lodged with An Bord Pleanála against Penrose Quay development

The planned office development on Penrose Quay with the new Karamex development on the left and the under-construction Penrose Dock development on the right.

A third party objection has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against a planned new Penrose Quay office development.

Bandon company Karamex Ltd had originally lodged plans to demolish the existing red-brick buildings on the site last April, which would give way to the construction of a six-storey building facing Penrose Quay with a rooftop terrace and solar panels along with a seven-storey building facing on to Alfred Street with a ground-floor cafe.

The development would be located next to the Penrose Dock office building which is currently under construction.

Planners had previously asked the company to drop one floor from the building facing Alfred Street and also asked them to reduce the 72 planned basement parking spaces.

The company responded by defending their plans and permission was granted subject to 30 conditions.

However, an appeal of the Council's decision has now been lodged by Eleanor Hunter and a final decision is not expected until March 18 next year.

In her original objection lodged with City Hall, the appellant said that the development is too tall to be built so close to the city centre. 

It’s also claimed the structure is “far too massive and too dominant and too simple a design.” 

The appellant says the area carries special heritage and historic significance and is within an area where landscape views are highly important for the citizens and tourists of Cork city.

The development, which was granted planning permission by Cork City Council subject to 30 conditions in October, was appealed on a number of grounds. Ms Hunter objected to the demolition of all structures at the site bounded by Alfred Street to the North, Penrose Quay to the South, and Penrose Wharf to the West.

The appellant has issues with what she describes as the size, scale and blunt design of the development. She also took issue with the lack of any special architecture, surface finishes in keeping with a city-centre location, and the lack of any landscaping to integrate the block into its surroundings.

In her objection, she also states: “I strongly object to the over-intensification in single-use purpose that this office block represents in this location with and including all implications for traffic along Tivoli, Horgans Quay and the lower Glanmire Road.” 

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