Planning permission for 266 homes at St Kevin's in Cork

Updated / Monday, 19 Apr 2021 13:52

St Kevin's was part of the former Our Lady's psychiatric complex and became derelict in 2002

By Jennie O'Sullivan

An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission to the Land Development Agency for the re-development of St Kevin's Hospital in Cork city.

The five-storey red brick Victorian building, built in 1895 to house 490 patients, was gutted in a fire almost four years ago.

St Kevin's was part of the former Our Lady's psychiatric complex and became derelict in 2002.

The Victorian era building was gutted in a fire four years ago

The green light has now been given to the LDA to develop 266 homes, an enterprise centre and crèche facilities at the site at Shanakiel.

The LDA said it will be social and affordable housing and will consist of a mix of town houses and duplex apartments including one, two, three and four bedroomed homes.

Permission was granted by An Bord Pleanála subject to 36 conditions.

These include provisions governing the proposed restoration of Saint Kevin's Hospital, a protected structure to be carried out under Architectural Heritage Protection guidelines.

The former mental hospital is to be renovated and provide 60 apartments, a crèche on the ground floor, and a new Enterprise Office in the former chapel building.

Conditions also include an overall Construction Management Plan for the prominent site, as well as the retention of an archaelogist, and provision of plans governing waste mangement, lighting, parking and work hours during construction.

The first homes are expected to be available by 2023.

In making its decision, An Bord Pleanála said it gave consideration to the location of the site in a well established urban area, the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness 2016 and the policies set out in the Cork City Development Plan.

This is the second LDA project to get planning permission, the first in Cork.

The decision has been welcomed by Cork City Council CEO Ann Doherty, who said she expects it to be the first of many sites to be developed by the LDA in Cork.

The Agency is also working with the local authority to develop the Cork Docklands area.