THE developers planning to build apartments on the former Good Shepherd Convent site in Sunday’s Well have been given a further three-month period to supply further details on the project including the identification of any undocumented burials and graves.
Moneda Developments Limited is seeking permission for the partial demolition of the site to make way for 234 apartments.
The site housed a Magdalene Laundry which operated for many decades and there is concern about the number of possible unmarked graves at such institutions both in Cork and nationwide.
In April, Cork City Council asked the company for further information which must include: "detailed mitigation measures to identify possible undocumented burial places and graves. A geophysical survey and test trenches of all anomalies identified in the geophysical survey is required.” City Hall planners said research on the records of residents of the institution, numbers of recorded deaths and recorded burials including an assessment of the likely occurrence of undocumented burials of children are required in the context of evidence from comparable institutions in Ireland.
“The testing should be conducted by a team with appropriate expertise in identifying burials,” the Council said.
Planners also noted the existence of the Magdalene or ‘penitents’ graveyard. They said that while the graveyard was not within the boundary of the current proposal its significance cannot be overlooked.
“Please submit revised proposals to develop and enhance the Magdalene Burial Ground as part of the overall development of the subject site.
This should include a revision to the rear walkway giving access to the western graveyard to include universal access from the vicinity of the bakehouse. Dedicated visitor parking should also be provided,” the council said.
Under planning laws, the developers have six months to supply the further information.
Moneda recently wrote to the Council asking for an extension of this period. City Hall has granted this request meaning the developers have until January 17 to comply.