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88 bed nursing home at Mount Avenue given go ahead by An Bord Pleanála

88 bed nursing home at Mount Avenue given go ahead by An Bord Pleanála

Plans for a new nursing home at Mount Avenue have been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála.

Last November local businessman Tom MacGuinness was granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to demolish an existing disused light industrial unit (995sqm) at Farndreg, Headford and build an 88 bed nursing home and all necessary support facilities in its place.

These plans were held up in December following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála by the Headford Residents’ Association.

Having weighed the matter up, the planning appeals board have now decided to granted Mr MacGuinness the go ahead for the nursing home, subject to 15 conditions, having overruled their inspector’s recommendation that it be refused.

In reaching their verdict An Bord Pleanála said: “Having regard to the zoning objective for the overall site, as set out in the Dundalk and Environs Development Plan 2009-2015, to the nature of the proposed development and to the pattern of development in the area, the Board considered that, subject to compliance with the conditions set out, the proposed development would not seriously injure the residential amenities of properties in the vicinity, would be acceptable in terms of scale and form and would be acceptable in terms of pedestrian and traffic safety and convenience. The proposed development would, therefore, be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”

They added: “In deciding not to accept the Inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission, the Board determined that the proposed development, by reason of scale, positioning on site, and associated layout including landscaping, would be sufficiently distant from the neighbouring Farndreg House and would not have an adverse impact on that residence and its setting, would not constitute overdevelopment of the site and would be provided with a sufficient quantum of parking.

“In relation to the upgrade of the junction of Headford Road and Mount Avenue Road, the Board noted the commentary in the Louth County Council Planner’s Report dated 24th April, 2018, on this application, that the council has secured funding under LIHAF for the upgrade of Mount Avenue Road and that this matter could be addressed by condition. In making its decision, the Board was also satisfied that the plans and particulars as lodged with the planning application and submitted in response to further information, were sufficient to enable a full assessment of the proposed development, including its potential impact on adjoining properties.”

When the initial application was put forward in March 2018, the plan was for the development to be four storeys in height but this was reduced to three following the submission of further information at the end of October last year.

The proposed development will comprise of ground, first and second floors with a setback self-contained specialist care unit on a reduced footprint on the third floor.

It will consist of 5,545sqm of accommodation and ancillary facilities including 80 single en-suite bedrooms and an eight bedroom specialist Alzheimer’s facility, as well as social areas, dining areas and treatment rooms.

The residential accommodation will be supported by ancillary facilities and site works including reception and administration offices, laundry and catering facilities, staff facilities, hard and soft landscaping and car parking.