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Planning permission granted for apartment blocks in New Ross


Old Mineral water site, Mary street. Photo; Mary Browne

Old Mineral water site, Mary street. Photo; Mary Browne

Old Mineral water site, Mary street. Photo; Mary Browne


PLANNING permission has been granted for two apartment blocks and a commercial premises on Mary Street in New Ross.

Michael O'Farrell & John Ryan applied to New Ross Municipal District in February to build a four-storey and three-storey apartment complex on the old Mineral Waters site.

The three storey 593sqm and four storey 1348 sqm complexes consist of 20 residential units, including one two bedroom live-work unit, three one bedroom apartments, 15 two bedroom apartments, one three bedroom apartment, one commercial unit of 22 sqm.

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The planning application, submitted late last month, also includes space for bin storage, provision of a private amenity space in the form of balconies and ground floor gardens, the provision of 28 bicycle parking spaces, hard landscaping of internal court and pedestrian entrance area and associated site development works including the demolition of existing derelict structures and connection to existing services on a site of circa 0.11 Ha.

In a detailed application, the developers state that the plot is surrounded by residential, commercial and mixed-use, three storey townhouses to the east and west. "The proposed buildings are of similar massing to the existing townhouses along Mary Street. The proposed scheme corresponds with the proportions of the existing streetscape. The front facade has been visually subdivided into two segments to resemble the proportions of the existing buildings along MaryStreet."

GK Consulting engineers submitted architectural plans of a modern looking residential complex. They said contemporary materials on the front elevation are of high-quality, including off-white brick and aluminium facade panels.

"The pastel green colour of the panels resembles the facade colours of existing buildings and creates a visual link between the new contemporary development and the traditional streetscape of Mary Street."

"The development of the hitherto derelict site will have a positive impact on the existing streetscape and will reinforce the clear, unbroken building line at Mary Street. The development will result in a more attractive backdrop to the LibraryPark and an improvement to the architectural fabric of the area."

To address possible overlooking the design proposes angled projecting windows to allow sunlight in the apartments.

"The angled windows substantially restrict potential overlooking of adjoining properties. Privacy screens are proposed to the third-floor terraces. It is submitted the proposed residential development will have a positive impact to the streetscape of Mary Street if permitted."