Wednesday 27 March 2019

New plan lodged for former Ballincollig Gaelscoil building

Bill Browne

A new planning application has been lodged with Cork County Council for a residential development on the site of the former Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin in Ballincollig. 

The submission, lodged with the authority earlier this month in the name of Tango View Ltd, makes provision for the demolition of the 14-classroom school building and removal of the roadside boundary wall. 

This will facilitate the construction of a four-story apartment building containing 24-apartments comprised of four single bed units, 15 two-bed units and five three bed units. 

Vehicular access to the proposed development will be via a new entrance off the L2778 Inniscarra Road to an under-croft car parking area which will also incorporate ancillary storage and utility facilities. It will also include all external landscaping and site works. 

This is the third application made within the past three years for a residential development on the site, which has laid idle since 2012, with the previous two lodged in the name of PSA Project Management Ltd. 

The first of these, lodged in July of 2016 sought a change of use for the 1,074 sq metre building from educational to residential use for a 19 one and two-bed unit development arranged over three-storeys. 

The plan was shot down by council planners who rule that its scale, density and layout would constitute "over-development" of the site. They also rule it would be a "serious traffic hazard" and would, by reason of over looking be "seriously injurious to the residential amenities of the adjoining properties". Their decision was upheld on appeal by An Bord Pleanala. 

The second PSA application, lodged in May 2017, was slightly amended from its predecessor to include 14 one and two bed apartments within the renovated and extended two-storey school building. 

That was also shot down, with planners citing the same reasons for refusal as the previous application. 

The council has set a date of March 14 for the receipt of submissions in relation to the Tango View Ltd application, with a decision due on the application on April 4.