Busker Henry Street - Fairytale New York
Up the Dubs . Short Clip of Busker on Henry Street in Dublin singing fairytale of New York .
In a national context Project Ireland 2040 - National Development Plan seek to secure the compact growth of urban areas and deliver higher densities in suitable locations.
The biggest challenge for the southern region is increasing the scale of its cities to act as metropolitan drivers for the region and as effective complements to the economic strength of Dublin.
The large-scale regeneration projects for the Cork Docklands (City Docks and Tivoli) is identified as a key future growth enabler for the city.
I submit that the proposal can be seen to advance the said NPF provisions. It will deliver a high density development in a strategic location in the city centre through a regeneration and redevelopment project and will encourage more people and generate more jobs and activity within the city
I consider that the design of the tower is simple and well considered . On balance the proposed development is acceptable in terms of the cultural and built heritage of the site. I note that the Council’s Conservation Officer had no objection to the proposal .
The city is generally low rise with the skyline currently characterised by church spires such as North Cathedral and St. Anne’s Shandon Tower and the infrastructure associated with the docks, notably the R & H Hall’s Silos.
However the more recent commercial development along the north and south quays in the vicinity of the site and the Elysian building to the south are indicative of an area undergoing substantial change providing for high density development and increased height relative to that which previously prevailed.
In terms of potential impact on existing heritage buildings it will have a striking contrast to the existing low scale Custom House and Bonded Warehouses buildings and clearly distinguish between the old and the new.
Cities are continuously changing and evolving and Cork is no different. The development may be considered as the next stage in the evolution of the city scape and character
I recommend that permission for the above described development be granted
- Pauline Fitzpatrick , Planning inspector for An Bord Pleanala