THE Mercy Foundation has been dealt a blow in its plans for a dedicated cancer care centre, with An Bord Pleanála deciding earlier this month to refuse permission to build the centre on a site close to the Mercy Hospital.
The Foundation had plans for a dedicated care centre to be built following the demolition of numbers 7, 8, 9 and 10 Woods Street, less than 200 metres from the hospital front doors. The new building was to range in height from two to three storeys, measure more than 400 square metres and include offices, reception, waiting areas and counselling rooms.
The plans were approved by Cork City Council earlier this year but appealed to An Bord Pleanála by a resident living adjacent to the planned new centre.
The board has refused permission for the development, saying the ‘proposed development would give rise to unacceptable levels of overshadowing and loss of daylight on the existing residences on Dyke Parade.’
Mercy Foundation CEO Micheál Sheridan said they are determined to find a new location for the centre, having raised €1.1m to date for the facility.
“We are of course extremely disappointed with An Bord Pleanála’s decision, as it delays our plans to provide a dedicated and specialised space where we can support people affected by a cancer diagnosis,” said Mr Sheridan. “However, we wish to assure all those who have donated to our centre that we are already in the process of securing a new location.”