Planning appeals board upholds Cork County Council's refusal for nursing home

Planning appeals board upholds Cork County Council's refusal for nursing home

An Bord Pleanala has upheld Cork County Council’s decision to refuse permission for the construction of an 82 bed en-suite single storey nursing home in Glengarriff More, Leamlara, County Cork.

County Hall’s Planning Department refused permission labelling the rural area unserviced, and the planning appeals board have agreed with their assessment.

The local authority’s planning department said the proposed nursing home would be contrary to the County Development Plan while also citing the poor condition of surrounding roads.

Cork County Council ruled the plan “has not adequately shown how the proposed traffic likely to be generated by the site can be accommodated safely on the receiving rural road network.” 

Water and wastewater issues were also highlighted. A private bored well was the suggestion of the applicant, however, the council said it wasn’t shown how effluent generated could be managed on the site.

Patrick Broderick, who was behind the application, lodged his appeal with An Bord Pleanala in March stating that the proposed nursing home would be “far from an isolated rural location” and said it’s close to a number of hospitals who need step down facilities.

As regards the road network in the area, he suggested that it was “down for improvement for a number of years” and was awaiting funding.

He called on An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the development, as it would “meet the needs of an aging population.” However, the board have agreed with Cork County Council’s assessment that the development should not be granted permission to proceed and outlined that the proposal would be “contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”.

In their assessment, they say that the proposed development would “contravene materially the provisions for residential care accommodation” which is set out in the Cork County Development Plan.

The board added that the development would cause a traffic hazard that would endanger public safety, highlighting the narrow roads surrounding the development and “the restricted sight lines available at the junction to the west of the site.” An Bord Pleanala also said that given the evidence presented, effluent from the development cannot be satisfactorily disposed of on site. “The proposed development would, therefore, be prejudicial to public health,” their report states.

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