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Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Galway Hospice ‘shocked and devastated’ by planning refusal
Galway Hospice has decided not to appeal the “devastating” refusal of planning permission for a new facility on the grounds of Merlin Park hospital.The board of the hospital said it had “reluctantly” decided not to seek a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision because of the significant costs and risks involved.The provision of a new hospice in the city will be greatly delayed as a search is undertaken for a new site, it warned.The current hospice facility on the Dublin Road at Renmore is not fit for purpose and the search for a new site began in 2010. The proposal to build a new facility at Merlin Park was approved by Galway City Council and recommended by an An Bord Pleanála inspector but overturned by the planning board, who said the development would be “inappropriate and contrary to policies to protect natural heritage”.