THE developers behind ambitious plans for the city’s South Quays have welcomed Cork City Council’s grant of conditional planning permission for two major planning applications and have confirmed their intention to apply for the permission to develop 1,300 new homes elsewhere in the region.
Last December O’Callaghan Properties (OCP), through Leeside Quays Ltd, filed a planning application with Cork City Council requesting 10-year planning permission for a mixed-use development comprising four new buildings and the conversion of the long inactive Odlums building as well as a separate planning application with the council requesting a 10 year planning permit for a rehabilitation hospital project, all in the city’s South Docklands.
Cork City Council has now approved both applications, subject to a number of conditions.
Brian O’Callaghan, chief executive of OCP, said the developments will mark a “transformative revitalization of the South Docks area of Cork City”.
“The council’s decision is a truly positive confirmation of our project’s potential to create a major driver of economic activity and employment in Cork city center and a cultural and tourist landmark for years to come,” did he declare.
‘We will begin this work with our consultants immediately with a view to starting on site as soon as possible,’ Mr O’Callaghan added.
He also confirmed that OCP is about to submit another planning application seeking permission to create 1,300 new homes in the South Docks.
“Plans for this development will be available for inspection later this year,” he said.
The two applications which were granted conditional planning sought permission for significant regeneration of the South Docks area, including the demolition of the R&H Hall silos and the construction of four buildings comprising offices, cafes, convenience stores and 80 apartments.
The applicants have also requested permission for a series of conservation works, including partial demolition, alterations, extension and change of use of the Odlums building to provide office space, catering space, a cinema including a bar/dining room and 84 apartments. .
The creation of amenity areas for residents and visitors and a public realm plan were also part of the application, with plans for a rehabilitation hospital forming a separate planning application.
Cork City Council requested additional information before making a decision on both applications, which resulted in some amendments to the proposals.
A total of 49 conditions are attached to the City Council’s approval of the mixed-use development incorporating the Odlums building while 42 conditions are attached to the granting of permission for the 130-bed rehabilitation hospital, which will be managed by the French multinational Orpea Group.
A condition states that a number of design proposals submitted by Henry J Lyons Architects on behalf of applicants in response to the request for further information are to be incorporated into the mixed-use development “in the interest of communicating the history of the site with the public”.
Another states that drawings “which clearly identify the elements of historic tracks to be recovered from the subject site and show how they will be incorporated into the public domain” should be submitted to the planning authority and conservation officer for approval. written before development began.
Independent adviser and historian Kieran McCarthy, who in a submission on the plans said he would appreciate if the design of the new buildings could reflect the area’s history as much as possible, welcomed the updated design proposals submitted following the request for additional information. .
Meanwhile, Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber, welcomed the conditional planning grant and hailed OCP’s “ambition and vision”.
He said that as the project unfolds, “it is essential that placemaking remains at the heart of development to enhance Cork’s attractiveness to its citizens, investment, talent and tourism. “.
“As housing supply is at critical levels, viability, affordability and a constructive process of development are essential to ensure that the housing and infrastructure plans already being developed are delivered to pace,” Mr. Healy continued.