Friday, 4 March 2011

Plans for 40m hospital attacked

Clare County Council has come under fire at an oral hearing for giving the go-ahead to contentious plans for a €40 million hospital in Ennis.

In his closing submission to a hearing by An Bord Pleanála into the 100-bed hospital proposal, planning consultant Brendan McGrath said the council’s interpretation of its development plan “amounts to a judgment that a 100-bed hospital could be located on any land zoned for development within the settlement boundary of the town”.

Mr McGrath added: “Such an approach does not accord with broader principles of urban design and sustainable settlement planning.”

A decision is due on the plan later this year.

Irish Times

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