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Wednesday, 12th July, 2017 5:45pm

The Cork skyline is set to change further as crane activity cranks up in the city. 

Planning permissions being sought for more housing and hotel and retail extensions on Leeside are part of the “considerable pick up in activity”, the Chief Executive of Cork Chamber has seen in the past 12 months.

Planning permission is currently being sought to build new student accommodation, a housing estate, a cancer care service and more hotel rooms as well as major supermarket extension.

Conor Healy, CE of Cork Chamber said it was really positive and good sign that the economy and building activity is continuing to pick up.

Cork City Council documents, seen by the Cork Independent, give details about what planning permissions that are currently being applied for by several entities.

These include the Montenotte Hotel, Dunnes Stores and the Mercy University Hospital Cork Foundation.

As for major property developments, planning permission has been sought for 73 houses and apartments in Ballinlough, as well as accommodation for more than 100 students on Copley Street. Mr Healy said that, if granted, these will help address the need for housing, student accommodation and the need for hotel rooms in Cork city.

He added: “If these are approved, they are, in their own right, very important but they will have a spin off too in terms of employment in the construction sector – as well as the services sector.”

The Montenotte Hotel, on the Middle Glanmire Road, has asked for permission to renovate, refurbish and change the use of its lower grounds floor from a function room and ancillary facilities to six new bedrooms, a conference room and ancillary staff facilities.

This will be done by extending the lower ground floor. The hotel also applied for permission to build a spa treatment centre on the first floor by renovating some of its offices and store rooms.

Meanwhile, Dunnes Stores has asked for planning permission to redevelop Bishopstown Shopping Centre. The proposed development includes the part demolition of the existing supermarket and adjoining retail units. This to provide for an extended supermarket, although less floor space, as well as providing for an area which can cater for a cafe or restaurant type use.

Permission is also being sought for the redevelopment of the former Telecom site at Churchyard Lane in Ballinlough. Colsaerts Ltd have asked for planning permission to build 73 residential units including five four-bedroom det ached, six three-bedroom semi-detached houses and 35 four-bedroom townhouses.

The company also wants to construct 24 duplexes, 12 two and 12 three-bedroom units and three, three-bedroom townhouses

Other developers have asked for planning permission to build 43 new student apartments, including spaces for 146 beds on Copley Street, which is near CIT School of Music, Cork College of Commerce and St John’s Central College.

The work would apply to 9/10 Copley Street on the ground, first, second and third floors of Block A and the ground floor of Block B. The developers also want to refurbish existing student accommodation on the fourth floor to provide for a further seven units, providing for 29 bed spaces, also on Block A. 

The Mercy University Hospital Cork Foundation has applied for planning permission to demolish 7, 8, 9 and 10 Wood’s Street and build a new cancer care centre.

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