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Plans To Convert Former Hewitt's Mill Distillery Building In Cork Into Apartments Lodged With An Bord Pleanála

Published on Nov 17 2021 8:35 AM in Drinks tagged: Trending Posts / An Bord Pleanala / Hewitt's Mill / Distillery Quarter / Box Hedge (Commercial) Ltd / Eichsfeld Ltd / Wilson Architecture / Watercourse Distillery / Bellmount Developments Ltd / Millfield Service Station

Plans To Convert Former Hewitt's Mill Distillery Building In Cork Into Apartments Lodged With An Bord Pleanála

Two Cork landowning families have lodged plans to convert the former Hewitt's Mill distillery building in the Cork city suburb of Blackpool into apartments with An Bord Pleanála.

Development Details

As reported by The Irish Examiner, if the 191 apartment development is given the go-ahead, it will involve the conversion of the 230 year old former Hewitt's Mill distillery building, Hewitt's Mill into apartments, as well as the construction of two nine-storey apartment blocks on wasteland directly opposite the Revenue Commissioners' offices on Assumption Road.

A third nearby parcel of land at Shandon Villa, Popes Hill Road, is reportedly earmarked for a single apartment block ranging in height from three to six storeys.

If the development goes ahead, it will reportedly be known as the Distillery Quarter.

The land involved has reportedly been in the ownership of the Carey and Sheahan families since it was bought in the 1970s by developers/estate agents Frank Sheahan and the late Joe Carey.

Planning documents linked to the current application reportedly show Box Hedge (Commercial) Ltd as landowners and Eichsfeld Ltd as the developers. Directors of Box Hedge reportedly include Alma and Edward Carey, who are the children of the late Joe Carey, while Alma Carey and Frank Sheahan are reportedly listed as directors of Eichsfeld, in documents filed with the Companies Registration Office.

The plan was reportedly originally to build 229 apartments on a composite of four sites close to each other in Blackpool, but this was reportedly amended to 191 apartments after one site - a former furniture store at numbers 11-13 Watercourse Road - was reportedly removed from the strategic housing development (SHD) application. A separate application in relation to this site is reportedly with Cork City Council.

Architects are reportedly Wilson Architecture. Architect with the firm Peter Heffernan reportedly said that the former Hewitt's Mill building, which is part of the original 19th century Watercourse Distillery, will be conserved and restored, with original timber beams and floors and steel trusses being retained. The Mill building will reportedly house 11 duplexes and 14 apartments and will reportedly remain at its existing height level, with an additional building of four to seven storeys incorporated to the rear, with 69 apartments in total on this site.

The building was reportedly modified in the past to create offices, but has reportedly been vacant for some time.

The overall development, which reportedly covers 0.79ha and reportedly has a gross residential floor space of 13,185 square metres (142,000 square feet), will reportedly include communal facilities for residents such as function rooms, residential lounges, gym facilities, a cinema room, bicycle spaces and limited car parking, with14 spaces at the Hewitt's Mill site. The maximum height over ground level across the three sites will reportedly be 31.8 metres to parapet level.

Application Details

The application for the development was reportedly lodged with An Bord Pleanála on Friday November 5 and a decision is reportedly due within 16 weeks. The application reportedly says that it is a build-to-rent scheme, with this status in place for not less than 15 years with no individual units sold or rented separately within that period. It reportedly says tjat the proposed development is "intended to augment the housing provision within the northwest and central area of Cork city and support the continued use of warehouse structure by way of residential provision".

Bellmount Developments Ltd Application

Separately, Bellmount Developments Ltd has reportedly made an SHD application also to An Bord Pleanála for permission to build 114 build-to-rent apartments in Blackpool with the site of the intended development reportedly listed as Millfield Service Station. An Bord Pleanála is reportedly  due to make a decision on the application by January 17.

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