PLANNING permission has been granted for 28 homes in an apartment block and five townhouses in Ballyphehane.
An Bord Pleanála has given the go ahead for the homes between 83 and 86 Evergreen Road despite appeals which raised concerns regarding the impact on local residents and car parking facilities.
Permission had originally been granted by Cork City Council earlier this year but 27 conditions were applied including a reduction in the number of dwellings from 31 to 28 homes.
This decision was appealed by the applicant Patrick O’Leary.
Further appeals from third parties raised concerns regarding the lack of parking spaces, the impact on the existing community, which is composed of mainly elderly people, and public transport and infrastructure provisions.
One local resident said the development would result in a loss of sunlight and privacy to their single-storey dwelling house and that of their neighbour’s bungalow.
Another appeal stated there was a lack of clarity as to whether the proposal would entail the removal of the existing mature trees and hedgerow along the site’s northeastern boundary The developer has been ordered to pay a financial contribution of €151,839 for public infrastructure and facilities.
Planning inspector Hugh D. Morrison said the proposal would fulfil the residential zoning objective for the site and it would be of an appropriate density and height to this site within its context.
“The proposal would be designed and laid out in a manner consistent with safeguarding the development potential of neighbouring sites and it would be compatible with the visual and residential amenities of the area.
“The standard of amenity that would be afforded to future occupiers would be satisfactory and the level of car and cycle parking space provision would comply with the Sustainable Urban Housing: Design Standards for New Apartments.
“The proposal would thus accord with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” he added.