More than 200 new homes proposed near Bishopstown and Wilton

More than 200 new homes proposed near Bishopstown and Wilton
The proposed housing development would be located in the Garranedarragh area near Bishopstown and Wilton. Picture: Denis Scannell

ALMOST 230 homes could be built-in Bishopstown after a consultation request was sought from An Bord Pleanála for a development under the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) scheme.

Prospective applicants Jim Luby and Tom Rogers have registered a consultation request for 115 houses and 112 apartments, a creche and associated works at Garranedarragh with the planning authority.

SHD allows developers to apply directly to An Bord Pleanála for schemes of more than 100 units and bypass local councils in order to fast-track the planning process.

An extension of an original planning application had been made to Cork County Council for more than 252 houses in December 2015 at the 20-acre site. The original scheme was for 133 houses and 119 apartments.

Pre-application consultation is mandatory for prospective applicants prior to making an application for SHD. Applicants consult first with the relevant planning authority and then with An Bord Pleanála who will form and issue an opinion as to whether documents submitted constitute a reasonable basis for an application or whether further consideration or amendment to the documents are required.

The possible development is just across from the N71 from Ardarostig where a similar-sized development of 240 homes by Ardstone was refused planning permission in March under SHD after An Bord Pleanála flagged concerns regarding the local vehicle infrastructure and pedestrian and cycling facilities.

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