Two new apartment blocks planned for Cork suburb; public meeting being held to share details

Two new apartment blocks planned for Cork suburb; public meeting being held to share details
The proposed view of the new apartments blocks planned for Glanmire, as seen from the Lidl car park.

Members of the public have until Monday February 3 to make submissions on plans for two six and seven-storey apartment buildings in Glanmire.

The new development is planned for Ballinglanna in Riverstown, on the same site where planning was last year refused for a thirteen-storey building.

The new plans are for two buildings of six to seven storeys each, each with two basement levels storeys. The developers are planning mixed retail and commercial units at ground level, with 42 apartments overhead between the two buildings. There are also plans for 67 car parking spaces.

In the pre-planning submission the developers says the new proposal is approximately half the height of the previous plans, with a reduction in the number of apartments and parking spaces.

A public meeting has been called to discuss the proposal, which could form part of a new town centre in Glanmire.

It is being called by local Green Party councillor Oliver Moran, who is concerned that a backlog in validating planning applications means plans for the development are not available online.

He is concerned this is making local input into the proposed development difficult ahead of the submission deadline.

"There was controversy last year when an application for a thirteen-storey building was made at the same site," Mr Moran said. "However, these new plans are very different, and will need to be reconsidered more carefully by everyone. They could be the making of a Glanmire town centre, which is very much needed – if they can be done right.

"Cork City Council is currently in the process of purchasing land for transport works in Glanmire. These will include junction upgrades and a greenway that would pass by these apartments. Work on those are due to begin in September.

"Density of development is cited too as a next necessary step to improve public transport links. A development of this kind would arguably help with that, but it needs to be considered on the whole. It will be necessary to get the whole community to buy into the vision for a denser core at the heart of Glanmire."

The meeting will take place on Sunday between 7:00–9:00pm in Riverstown Community Centre in Glanmire.

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