Objection To Plans For New Hotel And Residential Development In Cork Lodged
An objection to plans for a new hotel and residential development on the Kinsale Road in Cork has been lodged by confectionery company Ferrero.
As reported by The Irish Examiner, Ferrero wants Cork City Council to refuse permission for a proposed seven-storey hotel and 134 apartment development on a site at Ballycurreen on the southern side of the N27 between Cork Airport and the N40 South Ring Road.
Proposed Development Details
The application for the development, which was lodged last month by Denis McBarron, proposes the construction of a mixed-used commercial residential and commercial development that would consists of a 158-bed hotel ranging in height from six to nine storeys that would include a swimming pool, a gym, a bar, a café, a restaurant and a function room; a three-storey neighbourhood centre that would include a restaurant/takeaway, a shop, a gym, a dentist, a physio, a hairdressers, a crèche and an outdoor amenity at roof level; and 134 residential units in 12, three-storey blocks that would comprise a mixture of one-, two- and three-bed apartments and duplexes.
The plans also propose a new entrance onto the Airport Road that would include a new signalised junction, along with improvements to the N27, including two bus stops, a cycle lane and footpaths.
The proposed site of the proposed development is located across the road from the Ferrero factory in Cork, and Ferrero's plant manager Luca Brero said in a submission to planners, "As clearly stated in the applicant's planning statement, the character of the surrounding area is that of commercial or light industrial uses. This is not a location that is conducive to a residential development of the scale envisaged.
"Our manufacturing plant operates on a 24/7 basis, and we would be very concerned about the close proximity of primarily residential uses including a hotel, of the scale proposed.
"It is considered that the siting of the proposed primarily residential development, in close proximity to our manufacturing plant, would conflict with established neighbouring uses and would be substandard in terms of residential amenity arising from the intensity, nature and proximity of the established land uses."
The objection submission also stated, "We also consider there to be no justification for the proposed height of the hotel at this location in the applicant's Planning Statement, which is out of character with, and has no relationship to, its surrounding context."
National transport infrastructure body TII has also raised concerns about the plans for the proposed development, saying that, if approved, it would create an adverse impact on the national road where a speed limit greater than 60km/h applies and would be at variance with the foregoing national policy in relation to control of frontage development on national roads.
Decision Due Date
A decision about the plans is expected to be delivered by Cork City Council early next month, however, the council has the option of requesting further information about the proposed development.
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