County Limerick care facility gets the go-ahead

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

AN Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead for the construction of a multi-million euro primary care facility in Kilmallock, after it was refused planning permission by Limerick County Council.

AN Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead for the construction of a multi-million euro primary care facility in Kilmallock, after it was refused planning permission by Limerick County Council.

Permission for the new centre, which the applicants claim will create in the region of 70 jobs for the region, was refused by the local authority last April on the grounds that the relocation of existing services from the town centre to the site “would detract from the vitality and viability of the town centre”.

A planning application was lodged last March for the two storey centre which will measure a total area of 2,494sqm and will be located at Kilmallock Business Park on the Bruree road.

The primary care facility is to consist of a general practitioners care centre, regional primary care centre, canteen for building users and gymnasium and entrance atrium on the ground floor. Meanwhile, a regional primary care centre, sports clinic and consultants suites are to be located on the first floor, while 70 car spaces are to serve the new centre.

In refusing planning permission, the council also stated that they were not satisfied that the proposed development, if permitted, would not be subject to flooding.

However, An Bord Pleanala has over-ruled the council’s decision and granted permission subject to six conditions.

*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 1, 2011