Tuesday 22 May 2007

Green light for hotel and €80m development

A NEW hotel has been earmarked for one of the country’s fastest-growing satellite towns, while an €80 million housing project is on the cards for one of Cork’s most secluded villages.

The hotel is to be built in Ballincollig while the 265-unit housing scheme has been approved for Glounthaune.

Planners in Cork’s County Hall, meanwhile, have received a number of significant applications in recent days on proposed projects from Banteer to Bandon.

After a rather quiet start to the year compared to 2006, things began to heat up during the past week.

Developers Paraic O’Donoghue and Michael Murray have got the green light for the 122-bed hotel at Innishmore, Ballincollig West. The hotel will be a split four/five-storey building and will feature a conference centre, spa, health centre, swimming pool, bar, restaurant and meeting rooms. The developers have also been given permission to tag on three commercial units and 25 apartments.

O’Mahony Developments are to build the €80m project in Glounthaune.

The company plans a mixed scheme comprising of 83 apartments, 72 duplexes, 59 semi-detached houses, 22 terraced homes and 20 detached houses in the townland of Killahora. Five local play areas and a crèche are also part of the project.

Meanwhile, planning officials have received an application from John Murphy Construction for 86 homes in Banteer, north Cork.

The company proposes to build 42 three-bed semi-detached houses, 20 townhouses and 24 detached homes. Also included in the proposal are five play areas.

Elsewhere, developer Pat O’Farrell is eyeing Mitchelstown for 70 homes. He has lodged plans for a mixed development of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses at Cork Road, Brigown.

Mallow could also be in line for a new hotel if planning officials approve an application lodged by Jimnoe Ltd. The company is proposing a 54-bed hotel with function rooms at Quartertown Upper near Barry’s Cash & Carry.

A few miles west of the town, at the village of Drommahane, Roche Design & Build is seeking the go-ahead for 100 houses, four apartments and a crèche, while developers Moira Fitzgerald and Michael Quirke want to build 50 houses at Bridgeland East, Rathcormac.

Meanwhile, An Bord Pleanála has decided to ignore its inspector’s advice and has granted permission for 30 houses at Curryclogh, Bandon.

Inspector Derek Daly said he felt the project would affect the visual landscape of the area. However, the board overruled him and granted permission, albeit with revised conditions.

Cork County Council’s own plans to upgrade the water supply in the Glenville area, which includes compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) for land, will be the subject of a Bord Pleanála oral hearing. The hearing is scheduled to take place in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow this morning.

Irish Examiner

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