The Former Ford Distribution Site

Strategic Housing Development

Centre Park Road, Cork

The Former Ford Distribution Site

Strategic Housing Development

Centre Park Road, Cork

The Former Ford Distribution Site

Strategic Housing Development

Centre Park Road, Cork

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The Former Ford Distribution Site, Centre Park Road, Cork

Marina Quarter Limited is applying for a 10-year planning permission for a mixed-use strategic housing development at The Former Ford Distribution Site, Centre Park Road, Cork.

The site, which is 5.97 hectares in area, is situated within the South Docks Development area, approximately 1.9km from Cork City Centre. The 2015 Cork City Development Plan includes the specific zoning objective: ZO 16 and ZO 9. These objectives promote the development of mixed-use development which provide a retail function for neighbourhood centres. The proposed development will ensure the provision of a mixed use development. In line with the objectives of the 2015 Cork City Development Plan, the proposed development, which qualifies as a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) under the provision of the new Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016, comprises:

a) The demolition of existing structures including a single storey building, entrance canopy, pump island canopy, flood lights and the decommissioning/removal of 3 no. underground fuel tanks; and
b) The construction of 1,002 no. apartments (comprising a mix of studio, 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments) in 12 no. blocks, ranging in height from 4 to 14 storeys;
c) Blocks 1 to 12 also include commercial and community facilities, including the provision of 5 no. retail units, 1 no. Montessori school, 1 no. creche (provided as part of a two-storey building connected to Block no. 3), a medical centre, bar, café, venue/performance area, 2 no. community resource spaces and ancillary signage;
d) The provision of internal and external amenities for residents and open space/landscaping areas to include pocket parks, linear park, residential squares and urban spaces;
e) Ancillary car, motorcycle and bike parking;
f) Reservation for the Monahan’s Road extension;
g) The provision of 1 no. internal link road through the site linking Centre Park Road and the Monahan’s Road extension;
h) The provision of 2 no. pedestrian streets through the site linking Centre Park Road and the Monahan’s Road extension; and
i) All associated ancillary development works, including storage, plant and management facilities.

An Environmental Impact Assessment Report has been prepared in respect of the proposed development and accompanies this application.

The application contains a statement indicating why permission should be granted for the proposed development, having regard to a consideration specified in section 37(2)(b) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, as amended, notwithstanding that the proposed development materially contravenes a relevant development plan or local area plan other than in relation to the zoning of the land.