PART OF A controversial plan for apartments on land on the former estate of the Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork has been rejected by Cork City Council. Planners in the local authority have refused planning permission for an eight-storey block of 67 apartments on 3.7 acres of privately-owned land. MWB Two Ltd has applied to build 258 residential units – six houses and 252 apartments – on the site, as well as a creche. The developer has applied under the the fast-track strategic housing development (SHD) process for 179 of these units in three buildings ranging in height from five to seven stories. The SHD site overlaps an area of land identified on historic maps as a “children’s burial ground”.
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