Council to vote on new homes on former Hormann site in Mahon

Council to vote on new homes on former Hormann site in Mahon
The former Hormann site in Mahon.

CITY councillors are tonight expected to give the go-ahead to the construction of 35 new homes in Mahon.

The development is focused on the former Hormann Electronics Site in the Mahon industrial estate and requires councillors to approve a change of use for the site from industrial use to residential use.

Local councillors say the proposals, which include 66 car parking spaces, drainage and landscaping works, have the backing of the local community.

Developers have proposed the construction of 35 new homes on the site of the former Hormann Electronics Site which has, in recent years, been the subject of several rejected planning proposals for a variety of business and industrial uses.

Located just minutes from Abtran and Voxpro, the development includes three 4-bed detached units, eight 3-bed semi-detached units, 12 three-bed duplexes and 12 two-bed apartments, as well as 66 car park spaces.

Local councillor Chris O'Leary said that he expects the motion to be approved.

Last year, councillors rejected plans to apply a blanket change of use for industrial sites in the area to allow residential development, claiming that each case needed to be assessed on individual merits.

"After serious consideration, I think people are happy to support this," he said.

"The ward councillors have met and spoken to residents and people are in favour, unlike in the case of other developments. And that's what we wanted to do - ensure that there would be checks and balances in each case."

Mr O'Leary said the development will create urgently needed housing in the area and is the first of several proposals for the area.

"There are a number of others coming down the line and we will assess these as they come before us," he said.

"In this case, housing is the right option. People didn't want another industry and it is much better than a vacant site."

The motion will come before Cork City Council tonight and is expected to pass without opposition.

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