New ‘neighbourhood centre’ planned for city

KILKENNY County Council has proposed to grant planning permission for a new neighbourhood centre with a 2,620-square-metre anchor tenant, 245 residential units, office units, crèche for 116 children, pharmacy, gym, cafe/bar/restaurant and retail units in the Loughmacask area of the city.

KILKENNY County Council has proposed to grant planning permission for a new neighbourhood centre with a 2,620-square-metre anchor tenant, 245 residential units, office units, crèche for 116 children, pharmacy, gym, cafe/bar/restaurant and retail units in the Loughmacask area of the city.

The development on the 18.25-hectare site would be built in four phases over a 10-year period.

The plans by GMB Construction also include a public park at Loughmacask, and a linear park would be included in the third and fourth phases of development.

The proposal is “a strategic development of a neighbourhood centre” and 245 residential units including houses and apartments. “Open space within the proposed development includes Loughmacask Park, a neighbourhood play area, a small football pitch and homezones.”

The planning decision also states that for the full proposed development to be completed, “the delivery of parts of the Central Access Scheme (CAS/Inner Relief Road) is required”.

As a condition of the planning permission, development charges of e2,449,308 would be paid to Kilkenny County Council upon commencement of development, plus e24,960 for traffic mitigation on Lord Edward Street and e134,303 for the future signalisation of the Butts Green roundabout.

The plans include 784 car parking spaces: 507 surface-level spaces in the residential area, 257 within the village centre at surface and sub-surface levels, and 20 spaces adjacent to the playground/pitch.

There is also a condition that “the landscape works and play spaces within each phase of the proposed developments shall be completed prior to occupation of any dwelling within that phase”.

If there is no appeal against this decision, a final grant of permission will be issued after the period for appeals to An Bord Pleanála expires.