Bishop Lucey Park Regeneration Project
Pursuant to the requirements of Part 8 of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 (as amended), notice is hereby given that Cork City Council plans to carry out the project titled:
Bishop Lucey Park
The proposed development consists of the following:
Bishop Lucey Park is significant as a vital counterpoint to its prevailing urban context, acting as the central ‘soft space’ within the City Centre, but acknowledging the site’s urban historic context
This is achieved by inserting a plinth like object into the center of the site, a new urban figure which shares a relationship with the other primary civic forms which populate the city, a ’new ruin’, embedded into the topography of the park to define a continuous surface. The plinth is orientated to align with the existing Arches on Grand Parade - its plan profile staggered to define varying widths of surface in response to the site’s shape, geometry, the restrictions defined by the site’s archaeology and the Root Protection Areas of the existing trees to be retained. It is settled within the soft planted park, and flexibly adjusts to serve immediate context and function – seating, play, steps, ramps, sculpture etc.
Four distinct structures emerge from the plinth – thereby differentiating a number of key thresholds to the park:
1. Tower: A small tower or campanile (redolent, perhaps, of the towers that once punctuated the city’s walls, and the steeple that once adorned the adjacent Christchurch) overlooks the square and South Main Street to the west. It will have the flexibility to hold banners/lighting rigs for a variety of events throughout the year.
2. Pavilion: to the east, a low linear structure (with wildflowers growing on its roof) has horizontal qualities which relate to both the Medieval Wall and the lateral expanse of Grand Parade
3. Shelter: A more modest version of both the tower and pavilion, it offers a sheltered space to the northwest corner of the park, addressing Christchurch Lane.
4. Bridge: Adjacent to the Pavilion lies a Bridge – spanning across the Medieval Wall from the park to Grand Parade. The Bridge underscores the shift of conditions across the Wall – moving between eras of Cork’s history.
The proposals celebrate the presence of the Medieval wall within the park, by further exposing its length, and excavating a set of tiered steps adjacent to the existing arches. These serve a dual function, to provide a point of congregation adjacent to the wall, and to visually connect the wall back to Grand Parade.
In accordance with the Habitats Directive, an Appropriate Assessment Screening has been carried out on the project, in relation to any potential impacts upon the Cork Harbour Special Protection Area [Site No. 004030] and the Great Island Channel Special Area of Conservation [Site No. 001058]. The findings of the AA screening noted that no significant effects on any Natura 2000 sites is likely, and it was not necessary to undertake any further stage of the Appropriate Assessment process.
In addition, the proposed development has been screened to determine whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required, and it has been concluded that there will be no real likelihood of significant effects on the environment arising from the proposed development and an EIA is not required.
In accordance with Article 120 (3), as amended by S.I. No. 296 of 2018, a person may, within 4 weeks beginning on the 16th of July 2021 apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the development would be likely to have significant effects on the environment. Such a submission should be addressed to the Secretary, An Bord Pleanála, 64, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.
Cork City Council is of the view that the regeneration of Bishop Lucey park will have a positive impact on the adjacent streets of South Main St., Tuckey St., and Christ Church Lane, which contain the Triskel Arts Centre - formerly Christ Church (including the surrounding grave yard) a Protected Structure, as well as the Oval Bar an early 20th century Arts & Crafts Building together with the Victorian seven bay four-storey Masonic Lodge, which is listed being of Regional Status in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Similarly, this scheme in particular highlights the remaining medieval wall and laneway drawing attention to the medieval layout of the early city.
Plans and Particulars of the proposed development, including an Appropriate Assessment screening report and an Environmental Impact Assessment screening report are available to view by visiting https://consult.corkcity.ie/en
Alternatively, the Plans & Particulars will be available for inspection on working days from Wednesday the 21st July to Wednesday the 1st September 2021 at Reception Desk, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork. Please Note due to current public health advice all such inspections shall be by appointment only. Please phone 021-4924000 to arrange an appointment.
Submissions and observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development is situated, may be made;
- In writing to the City Architect, City Architect Department, City Hall, Cork. It should be clearly marked “Bishop Lucey Park Regeneration Project”
- Electronically at https://consult.corkcity.ie/en
Closing date for all submissions is on Friday the 17th of September 2021 at 4pm.
All comments, including names and addresses of those making submissions and observations, submitted to Cork City Council in regard to this scheme, will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented at the monthly meeting of Cork City Council. Accordingly, they will be included in the minutes of that meeting and may appear in the public domain. Cork City Council will retain data for no longer than is necessary and in accordance with the Council’s Retention Policy and relevant Data Protection legislation.