Planning permission is refused for County Limerick care facility

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

PLANNING permission for a new primary care facility in Kilmallock which the applicants claimed would create in the region of 70 jobs for the region - an estimated 40 of which would be on a long-term basis – has been refused by Limerick County Council.

PLANNING permission for a new primary care facility in Kilmallock which the applicants claimed would create in the region of 70 jobs for the region - an estimated 40 of which would be on a long-term basis – has been refused by Limerick County Council.

The local authority claim that the proposed facility “would detract from the vitality and viability of the town centre”.

A planning application was lodged last March for a new two storey primary care centre measuring a total area of 2494sqm at Kilmallock Business Park on the Bruree road.

The application states that the primary care facility is to consist of a general practitioners care centre, regional primary care centre, canteen for building users, gymnasium and entrance atrium, on the ground floor. A regional primary care centre, sports clinic and consultants suites is listed on the application for the first floor, while 70 car spaces are to serve the new centre and all related site works.

It would be built as part of the HSE’s nationwide primary care initiative, which aims to move many front-line medical services from hospitals to local communities.

The facility was earmarked for a one acre site at the Kilmallock Business Park adjacent to the existing business premises of Tim Cahill Ltd on the Bruree road.

Local businessman Tim Cahill Snr, MD of Tim Cahill Ltd spearheaded the project with Dublin