New Cobh estate at location that ‘promotes healthy outdoor activities’ gets green light

The council has granted permission for over 70 new homes and a crèche on a site in Cobh.

Planning bosses last week gave the go-ahead for a new development at Inis Alainn in the Carrignafoy district above the town.

Under it, 71 houses are to be built, many of which are for families.

Ten of them will be 4-bedroom units, 53 will be 3-bedroom units and eight will be 2-bedroom units.

Wayleaf Ltd had submitted the application along with full details of what it will look like and Cork County Council gave them permission as long as they meet the 47 attached conditions.

The majority of these conditions were standard items such as measures to prevent environmental pollution, respect health and safety, and maintain orderly development.

Over 70 new homes, nurseries and more will be built at the Cobh site

The promoter is also required to pay €117,134.49 to the council “in addition to infrastructure and public facilities benefiting the development”.

The house-only site is on the northeast edge of town and had been zoned for residential use in the local plan.

Wayleaf’s proposal will see a mix of semi-detached, semi-detached and duplex units built on the 2.55 hectares.

There will also be a large amenity area and play area with the two-storey nursery.

They wrote that it would be a “positive contribution to the local community and the wider context of the town of Cobh” and added that the nursery “will also provide an important resource to families in the proposed units and to the local neighbourhood”.

“The proposal is inclusive-focused and provides families to the community for all ages of life. With a mix of 2- to 4-bed unit types, the program offers a variety of units to meet a variety of users – singles, couples, and small families, across a full age spectrum.

Over 70 new homes, nurseries and more will be built at the Cobh site
Over 70 new homes, nurseries and more will be built at the Cobh site

“The landscaping exterior is designed to accommodate diverse users and the interior layouts of the accommodations are designed to meet the aspirations of a range of people and all types of households.

“The development’s location, close to the GAA and football pitches and the Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve, promotes healthy exercise and outdoor activities.

“Furthermore, strong pedestrian connectivity with downtown Cobh encourages walking as the optimal mode of transportation to and from the site to surrounding facilities.”