Magazine Road residents disappointed by student apartment planning decision

Magazine Road residents disappointed by student apartment planning decision
An artist's impression of the front elevation of the proposed student development on Dorgan's Road and Magazine Road.

RESIDENTS in Magazine Road said they are disappointed that planning permission has been granted for a new 48-bed student development near UCC.

Cork company Mideam Ltd plan to build seven units on a site fronting onto both Dorgan’s Road and Magazine Road.

An existing house at the location, Dunleary House, would also be used for student accommodation.

The application had been granted permission by planners in Cork City Council but this decision was appealed by residents to AN Bord Pleanála.

More than 50 residents had attended public meetings in opposition to the development.

They said that a further increase in the student population in the area would have a negative impact on long-term residents.

“If this development is allowed to go ahead, you can write-off this area entirely. It will drive people out of the community. It’s unacceptable,” said one resident.

However An Bord Pleaná this week wrote to residents informing them they had upheld the decision by City Hall allowing the development to proceed.

We are very disappointed with this decision," former Lord Mayor and chair of the Magazine Road Resident’s Association, Catherine Clancy said.

What we have seen in this process is that the Cork City Development Plan does not go far enough to protect communities like ours," she said.

"The Development Plan is key when it comes to making planning decisions and it needs to be more robust to ensure residents are protected."

"We know there is a shortage of all types of housing including student housing but you can't wipe out one community to create another," Ms Clancy said.

The residents association said they now fear another, larger student development close to the Lough will now be given the go ahead.

It is planned to build 49 high-rise student apartments with 350 beds on a Bandon Road site close to The Lough.

Significant local opposition has also been lodged against this proposal.

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