Artist impressions of the build to rent project set for Blackpool. Photo:

Green light for Blackpool project

A build to rent apartment project has been given the green light on the northside of Cork city.

The project at Millfield Service Station, Redforge Road will see the demolition of existing structures on site including a single storey building, pump island canopy, four fuel pumps and the decommissioning/removal of four underground fuel tanks.

Cork City Council gave Bellmount Developments Limited permission to build 114 build to rent apartments comprising of a mix of one and two-bedroom in two blocks, ranging in height from four to nine storeys.

Welcoming the development, Independent Cllr Kenneth O’Flynn said: “I see this development as a positive step in the right direction for the Blackpool area. I believe of all build to rent schemes in the city this has the highest chance of success given the amount of office space in the area and a high demand to live in Blackpool again.”

He added: “I truly hope that this will encourage private development in Blackpool village.”

In the planning application, Bellmount Developments Limited asked that the development also include a 313 square metre retail unit and residential amenity facilities including a reception, residents’ gym, lounge area and shared workspace.

The application also sought the provision of landscaping and amenity areas including an enclosed courtyard and one rooftop garden as well as the provision of public realm improvements on Redforge Road including widened footpaths and pavement improvements, pedestrian crossing, tree planting, raised tables/planters and seating areas.

There are also plans for pedestrian/cyclist facilities, lighting, drainage, boundary treatments, bin and bicycle storage, ESB sub-station and plant at ground floor level.

The site, which is 0.46 hectares in area, is located to the immediate north of Blackpool Retail Park.

The site is situated 200m from Blackpool Shopping Centre and approximately 2km from the city centre.