DETAILS have been released of a significant strategic housing development proposed for Cobh containing almost 240 homes.
Coakley O’Neill Town Planning Ltd, on behalf of 1 Ash Grove Land Limited applied for planning permission to An Bord Pleanala for the development of 237 units, with the planning board due to make a decision by April 9.
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.
A total of 183 of the proposed units at Cluain Ard, Ringmeen, Cobh, are designated as houses — 49 of which will be two-bed townhouses and 60 will be three-bed townhouses.
There are also 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 on the 7.8-hectare site, 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 eight 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.
The developers decided to include just one four-bed house in the project, due to the significant number of existing and permitted four-bedroom units in the vicinity of the proposed site, which the developers believe will cater for the demand for those houses.
However, several of the housing and apartment units proposed as part of the Cluain Ard development, will have space to convert the attic space into a fourth bedroom, to cater for a wide range of household types.
The proposed development will also consist of a 40-child capacity crèche, landscaping works, bicycle and car parking.
The development will be constructed in four different phases, starting from the south to complete Cluain Ard and moving north as the project progresses.
The development is to be accessed via the existing Cluain Ard estate to the south, as well as existing and proposed accesses off the public road to the east and north of the site.
Upgrades are also proposed to the L-2994-0 and the L-7015-0 roads, including road widening and shared footpath/cycle path connections. The proposed development also provides for future pedestrian and cyclist connectivity to the lands to the west, as well as the signalisation of the Tay road/R624 Cobh Road (coast road) junction.
This site has previously been subject to a number of planning applications in the last 20 years.