It will be for long-term rentals only.
That’s one of the stipulations applied by An Bord Pleanála in the granting of planning permission for a seventeen-storey apartment block near Cork’s Elysian building.
The Railway Gardens development of 118 one, two and three-bedroom build-to-rent apartments, complete with in-house gym and sixth-floor communal terrace, will be constructed on a 0.8-acre site near the South Link Service Station.
Image: Meitheal Architects
The initial plans featured a 13-storey tower, which has since been increased after it was deemed to be out of proportion.
Developers, the Scally family, are aiming the homes at the rapidly growing population of city office workers.
With 239 bicycle spaces and five parking spots for cars, the designed by Cork’s Meitheal Design Partners is described as “unashamedly pedestrian-focused” – a feature that remains controversial among local residents.
Green lighting the project, An Bord Pleanála said the proposed development “would constitute an acceptable residential density in this urban location, would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area, would not detract from the character and setting of the nearby Architectural Conservation Area, would be acceptable in terms of urban design, height and quantum of development and would be acceptable in terms of pedestrian and traffic safety.”