Massive housing plan gets the go-ahead on former Sunbeam site

Massive housing plan gets the go-ahead on former Sunbeam site

A firefighter surveying the damage after a fire destroyed the Sunbeam complex in 2003.

A MAJOR 81-home residential development has been granted planning permission on the former Sunbeam site in Blackpool.

HRP Construction Ltd had sought the go-ahead to demolish the existing industrial buildings on the site on Redforge Road.

They plan to build 25 two-bed apartments, 25 three-bed duplex apartments, six one-bed apartments, six two-bed duplex apartments, five two-bed townhouses and 13 three-bed townhouses.

The development will also include a local community centre as well as other developments.

The Sunbeam complex seen from the Old Mallow Road side after it was destroyed by fire.
The Sunbeam complex seen from the Old Mallow Road side after it was destroyed by fire.

The site, for generations, associated with the Sunbeam factory was devastated by fire in 2003.

Sunbeam Wolsey began operations there in the 1920s producing a range of items including silk stockings and was a major Irish exporter over the following decades.

Sunbeam was as synonymous with the people of Cork as other major employers including Ford, Dunlop and Apple.

The blaze, which destroyed the building in 2003, was the largest fire in Cork city since the one that destroyed Suttons on South Mall in 1963.

This week planners in City Hall granted conditional permission for the development.

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