Housing development, Oldcourt, Co. Cork
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Oldcourt is conceived as a high quality, attractive, sustainable residential community within in the established heart of the City South-Environs which respects its historical and natural setting. It is designed to provide the architectural, urban and environmental conditions necessary to promote an excellent quality of life and a cohesive and diverse community where people can live, work and play.
This is underpinned by the site’s existing cultural heritage, adjoining natural woodland, variety of local amenities and range of existing and proposed infrastructure including the convenience of the local road network, and, more importantly, integrated sustainable transport options.
The subject lands comprises of c. 52ha of agricultural land, the historic Old Court House as well as numerous existing farm buildings and the remains of a number of other structures including walls, old farm buildings, a walled garden and an historic slightly oval shaped ringfort.
The framework masterplan aims to accommodate up to 850 new residences, both houses and apartments, in a variety of character areas, each with its own identity and sense of place serving the needs of a diverse community. Its guiding principles are:
- To promote the growth, vitality and viability of the Cork South-Environ through the sustainable development of Oldcourt by creating the framework for the development of a sustainable community with a supporting range of uses.
- To provide a balanced development with a supporting range of uses that meets the variety of residential needs of those wishing to live in this highly sought after area and which will meet the future residential growth requirements of the Cork South-Environs;
- To successfully link Oldcourt and its neighbouring communities through improved site access, development of a new internal access road and bus transport corridor, pedestrian and bicycle paths, improved connectivity between the site and Garryduff sports ground / Coach Hill as well as providing for future connectivity to adjoining SLR12 lands.
- To conserve the sites rich cultural and architectural heritage through the preservation of Oldcourt House and historic ringfort.
- To conserve the sites existing remnant historic demesne landscape and develop a woodland planting strategy to strengthen the sites natural edges and ensure longevity of the sites natural landscape structure.
- To use the topography of the site to the greatest advantage and work with the existing landscape features.
- To create an environment that promotes internal pedestrian and cycle movement meeting the requirements of Smarter Travel.
- To adopt a high standard of detail and to utilise local / contextual materials in the finish of buildings and external spaces.