The Land Development Agency has received planning permission for 266 new homes on the former St Kevin's Psychiatric Complex site in Shanakiel, Cork. The five-storey red brick Victorian building dates back to 1895 and originally housed 490 patients. However, it hadn’t been in use since 2002 and was gutted in a fire in 2017.
The new social and affordable homes will include a range of one, two, three and four bedroomed town houses and duplex apartments. An enterprise centre and crèche facilities will also be included.
As the building is a protected structure, An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission subject to 36 conditions so as to ensure that Architectural Heritage Protection guidelines are respected.
It is hoped that the first homes will be ready for use by 2023.
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