Planning permission has been granted for 113 new homes and apartments on the outskirts of Ballincollig in Cork. The Maglin strategic housing development (SHD) project — 59 houses and 54 apartments on undeveloped agricultural land on the western fringes of the town just 300m to the northeast of the historic Ballincollig Castle — had faced intense local opposition amid concerns over its location, off a quiet rural road, and its potential impact on the castle site. However, An Bórd Pleanála has approved the Stonecrest Construction Limited scheme, with 23 routine conditions. The developers lodged their planning application with the Bórd last September through the SHD fast-track application process for large housing developments.
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