A THIRD-PARTY appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála objecting to the planning permission granted for a mixed-use scheme on the site of the former Lakelands Tavern on Avenue De Rennes in Mahon.
Cork City Council approved proposals put forward by Dooneen Property Developments Limited to demolish the former bar and to construct three retail units and 39 residential units at the site.
Those units were proposed to be split into 19 two-bedroom apartments and 20 one-bedroom apartments in a single block ranging in height from three to five storeys. Cork City Council attached 23 conditions to its grant of permission.
However, the council’s grant of conditional planning permission has now been appealed.
The appeal claims that the design and density of the proposed development is not in keeping with existing structures in the local area.
The appeal states that “99% of the surrounding buildings are a maximum of two-storeys high, with a large portion of that being one storey”, adding that the density of the plan is “overwhelming for the local area”.
The appeal also claims that the plans “have not shown how they reflect the existing character of the area”.
“The area is a family neighbourhood, with three schools on the development’s proposed road, local shops, community centre, and numerous family homes.
“A high-rise building comprised of one and two-bedroom apartments does not reflect this demographic.
“This type of building would be more suited to inner-city professional living.”
It also says that “due consideration” should be given to the privacy concerns of the existing residential homes to the north of the development, and states that this “seems to have been disregarded”.
“I would like to point out that I do think the current site/structure in place is in need of serious renovation/overhaul, however, the proposed/approved development is not appropriate,” the appellant added.
An Bord Pleanála is due to make a decision on the case by March 9, 2022.