Thursday 24 February 2011

Nursing home plans rejected

Plans for a nursing home in a rural location 3km from Waterford city have been refused by An Bord Pleanála on the grounds that the development could put public health at risk, reports Olivia Kelly.

The construction of a 90- bed nursing home and 41 retirement houses at Waterford Manor Hotel, Killotteran, Butlerstown, posed a risk of water pollution and would have an adverse impact on the rural amenity of the area, the board said.

In its judgment, the board said the proposal to discharge foul effluent from the wastewater treatment system of the “large-scale” development into a tributary of the river Suir posed an “unacceptable risk of water pollution”.

The location, next to a recently discovered national monument, the Woodstown 6 Viking Settlement, was remote and poorly connected to the urban area, it said.

Irish Times

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