Developer seeks time extension to nursing home plans despite concerns that entrance may swell traffic flow

By Maurice Garvey

DEVELOPER Liam Butler has applied for an extension to previously agreed plans for a nursing home, and a mixed-use medical/residential development in Newcastle.

Butler received planning permission from South Dublin County Council for the developments in 2011. Funding was not available to proceed with the plans, and Butler is seeking to extend the duration of the planning applications for another five years.

site at Oakville House Main st Newcastle 

Plans contain proposals for the demolition of Oakville House, and the construction of a nursing home comprising 64 bedrooms in a two-storey block.

A separate planning application, also for the site at Oakville House, contains proposals for a mixed-use development, containing a medical suite and pharmacy at ground level, and a number of residential blocks containing 36 houses, and 20 apartments.

A number of residents objected to the development, when plans were initially submitted in 2009 and 2010.

Newcastle-Lyons Residents Association objected, citing the “historical location” of the Oakville House site, and said residents were “shocked at the level of overdevelopment on such a small site.”

Glebe Residents Association objected to the nursing home, citing concerns that the proposed entrance for the nursing home, would increase traffic flow and impede access to Glebe estate.

OMS Architects, on behalf of Mr Butler, have submitted an application to South Dublin County Council, to extend the duration of the planning applications.

In a letter, OMS state the economic climate has begun to improve, and the developer is “confident that he will be in a position to commence and complete the development within the extended five-year duration.”

Plans for the mixed-use development contain proposals for a two-storey block on Main Street comprise a 469sq.m. medical suite at ground floor with a pharmacy, and a number of blocks containing houses and apartments.

Plans for the nursing home comprise 64 bedrooms with enclosed courtyard, staff bedrooms, offices, kitchen, dining room, four sitting rooms, nurse stations, assisted bathrooms, nurse stations, surface car park for 24 cars, new access road and associated site works.

The council are due to make a decision on the extension by May 7.


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