A RESIDENTIAL development in Cork city has gotten the go-ahead from the majority of city councillors, despite 64 submissions being made on the project by members of the public.
The proposed development at Skehard Road, Blackrock is for the construction of 16 social housing units.
It would see the demolition of three existing buildings on the site - a disused cottage, office and shed. They would be replaced by ten three-bed semi-detached two-storey houses, and six two-bed apartments in a single three-storey apartment building.
Several issues were highlighted in relation to traffic in submissions from Blackrock residents. Concerns were raised that both Clontarf Estate and Stannards Grove, could experience an increase in traffic because of the proposed development.
It’s claimed that access to the Skehard road from the existing residential area is already difficult, with worries an additional development would cause the problem to escalate. It was also submitted that the proposal would result in the removal of the current turning point for the cul de sac.
Other issues surrounding health and safety, ground stability, and the environment were also highlighted among others in the submissions.
Councillors debated the plans at this month’s meeting of Cork City Council, with access to the site the main issue highlighted.
Cllr Terry Shannon said that this proposed development was just “on the other side of the hedge” from the proposed development in Cherry Lawn, Blackrock, which was voted down by councillors moments earlier, and said that there were issues with the entrance to the estate.
Fianna Fáil’s Mary Rose Desmond said she had sat with residents and had done her best to listen to their concerns. “Very small differences could have had everyone’s support and backing,” she said.
Sinn Féin Cllr Henry Cremin said that voting in favour of the project wasn’t an easy decision, but explained that what could have been put in there was much worse than what’s going in now.
Planning officials have said that “the proposed scheme will provide much needed homes under the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness and will help contribute to dealing with the pent-up demand for social housing in Cork City.
Councillors voted in favour of the Part 8 proceeding 17 votes to 11.