Developers plan to significantly increase the number of apartments on Horgan's Quay site

Developers plan to significantly increase the number of apartments on Horgan's Quay site
A view of the new residential development facing Cork's Railway Street and Horgan's Quay.

Plans for an extra 80 apartments on a major new residential development on Horgan's Quay have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála.

HQ Developments are currently building a new hotel and office development close to Kent Station.

As part of their original application the company, a joint venture between Clarendon Properties and BAM Ireland, received permission for 216 apartments.

The new residential block by HQ Developments viewed from the Port of Cork.
The new residential block by HQ Developments viewed from the Port of Cork.

They now want to increase this number to 302 residential units along with ground-floor retail and a creche. The development will face Horgan's Quay and Railway Street.

The apartment blocks will be built around an open courtyard centred around the former Station Master’s building. The scheme varies in height from seven storeys to 11 storeys.

The Station Master’s Building is to be restored and will become a residents amenity under the plans. 

Their application is under the Strategic Housing Development process allowing the company to apply directly to An Bord Pleanála bypassing the local council.

A view of the new residential buildings by HQ development's viewed from the Lower Glanmire Road.
A view of the new residential buildings by HQ development's viewed from the Lower Glanmire Road.

HQ Developments said in their application that since they were granted their original application, the design standards for new apartments has increased the maximum number of units on a floor which may be served by a lift from eight to 12.

They also said that planning permission was granted for the Penrose Dock apartment scheme which would have a "significant impact" on the visibility of the Horgan’s Quay development.

"The western and southern elevations of the proposal were very visible from the quays and the city centre. However, the permitted development on the Penrose Wharf site effectively removes the view of the western elevation of the Horgan’s Quay Residential Quarter from the public realm and instead places a new emphasis on the southern, quayside elevation," they said in their application.

A view of the new residential development and central courtyard facing Cork's Railway Street and Horgan's Quay.
A view of the new residential development and central courtyard facing Cork's Railway Street and Horgan's Quay.

The public can view the plans in City Hall or online at http://www.resishd.horgansquay.com and have five weeks to make a submission.

Under the Strategic Housing Development process, a decision is expected to be made by An Bord Pleanála within 16 weeks.

Significant construction work is already underway on other elements of the overall development including the hotel overlooking the Kent Station and the office development facing Horgan's Quay.

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