A FOUR-STOREY apartment block in Ballincollig has been denied planning permission.
The Tuath Housing Association applied to build 24 apartments on the site of the former Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin on the Inniscarra Road at Coolroe close to the Ballincollig Regional Park.
An application, involving the demolition of the former school, was lodged with Cork County Council but was refused before being appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
However, planning board inspector High D. Morrison found that parking provided was inadequate, the development would affect the view of local residents and would be a danger to public safety due to the probable roadside parking it would generate.
His report stated: “The proposed development would endanger public safety by reason of a serious traffic hazard because the site layout is inadequate in area to allow the satisfactory provision of on-site parking to serve the development, would generate roadside parking which would cause serious traffic congestion, has inadequate off-road parking, would result in cross-traffic movement which would interfere with the safety and free flow of traffic on the adjoining heavily trafficked public road, would generate pedestrian traffic across a busy road and endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard and obstruction of road users.
“The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” Mr Morrison added.
The building, to the west of the Ballincollig Regional Park, closed in November 2012 when the school’s more than 500 pupils moved to a new purpose-built, 24-classroom building at Carriganarra on the other side of the town.
Planning permission was previously sought at the site in 2016 but PSA Project Management LTD was also refused permission as planners in County Hall said the scale, density and layout of the proposed development would constitute overdevelopment of the site, along with inadequate parking and insufficient public open space and recreational amenity facilities for children.