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Bord says yes to mixed-use scheme at former Cork bakeryCork's Keating Bakery on the Tramore Road is set to be turned into an apartment scheme.

An Bord Pleanála has granted permission to Michael Conway's Frinailla Ltd to demolish all buildings on the site to make way for five apartment blocks of up to five storeys. Frinailla was seeking to build 96 residential units and a crèche at the former bakery on Tramore Road, which ceased operation in 2006.

Going against a recommendation from its own inspector to refuse permission, the board granted permission subject to 14 conditions, including the omission of an entire floor of one block.

The inspector recommended refusal because, she said, the scheme would constitute an overdevelopment of an outer suburban site, and that the scale and density would be a traffic hazard and endanger public safety.

Boutique hotel and apartments planned for top Ballinasloe site

Ballinasloe's Hayden's Hotel is to be demolished to make way for a boutique hotel and apartment scheme. The owners of the landmark hotel in the heart of the town are seeking permission to develop 50 apartments, 10 retail units and a 22-bedroom hotel at the site.

The neighbouring Bannerton's Garage will also be incorporated into the scheme. The facade of the hotel will be retained as part of the scheme.

An Taisce appeals high-rise scheme near Guinness Hopstore

Plans for a high-rise apartment scheme beside the Guinness Hopstore have been criticised by An Taisce. Developer Frank Flynn is seeking permission to build a mixed-use scheme at the junction of Bellevue Street and School Street in Dublin 8. Located beside the protected Guinness Hopstore, the scheme, if approved by An Bord Pleanála, will involve the demolition of St Catherine's School and part of a shed attached to the Hopstore. The scheme will incorporate 81 apartments and retail and office space in four blocks, with 12 and 11-storey towers.

In a letter to the planning authority, An Taisce says the applicant has not addressed a ruling by An Bord Pleanála on a previous scheme for the site and that the scheme needs to be revised. The new scheme does not take account of the planing board's comments on tall elements, lack of provision of civic/public space and the relationship of the scheme to the surrounding area, according to An Taisce.