Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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By Carmel Hayes

PLANS for a large new private nursing home in Laois have received a green light from An Bord Pleanála.

The 60-bed nursing home in Mountmellick, which will also contain six stepdown apartments, has been given the go-ahead following an appeal, subject to a range of conditions.

The scheme allowed by An Bord Pleanála is slightly smaller than was originally planned, when developers Rocktop Asset Management applied for permission to construct a 62-bed nursing home, together with eight stepdown apartments in four blocks.

There were a number of objections to the original scheme, particularly on the grounds of access issues, when it was granted planning permission by Laois County Council last October. Objectors lodged an appeal against the council’s decision to An Bord Pleanála.

The planning board has approved a revised scheme for a two-storey, 60-bed nursing home with six stepdown apartments in three blocks. The project is designed by CEA Architects.

The nursing home will be located on a one-hectare site behind Patrick Street and Emmett Street, with general access via College Avenue. Emergency and services access will be through Davin Park.

The conditions set out by An Bord Pleanála include a provision that the developers must supply Laois County Council with full details on pedestrian and road access.

They must also set up a management company and supply a waste management plan before the finished buildings can be occupied. Details of angled windows, finishes to the building and landscaping must also be provided to the county council.

Under the conditions, site work can be carried out within the hours of 7am and 7pm on weekdays and from 7am to 2pm on Saturdays.

An ESB sub-station will be built in a corner of the site, which is part of the public space for College Avenue.

The developers must pay €14,000 in development fees to the county council towards public infrastructure before work begins on site.

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