Cork North West Fine Gael General Election candidate Councillor John Paul O’Shea has welcomed confirmation that planning permission has been granted to completely refurbish Kanturk Community Hospital.
A planning application was submitted by the HSE to Cork County Council in August for the following developments:
Permission for construction of:
a) a new single-storey extension, to the existing community hospital, consisting of 31 no. single residents bedrooms with en-suite, treatment room, sitting room, dining room, relative’s family room with en-suite, visitors room, nurses station, toilets, store rooms & other associated ancillary accommodation
b) a new single-storey extension, to the existing community hospital, consisting 1 no. laundry store
c) a new single-storey extension, to the existing community hospital, consisting of a dry goods store room and kitchen staff shower and WC.
Permission is also sought for:
a) internal alterations & elevational treatments to the existing community hospital
b) replacement of main entrance access ramp
Permission for the demolition of:
a) 1 no. single-storey accommodation extension to the existing community hospital
b) 1 no. two storey ‘Ambulance Base’ building and associated gas tank, concrete bund, lean-to ambulance parking bay, 2 no. ambulance charging points, gas bottle store and clinical store located to the east of the existing community hospital
c) 1 no. prefabricated store building located to the east of the existing hospital;
3) Permission for the removal of existing trees to suit new site layout
4) Permission for altered entrance to provide new pedestrian link to the public footpath
Permission is also sought for the provision of:
a) 1 no. external waste management enclosure
b) 2 no. semi mounted LPG tanks
c) 0.5m high gas dispersion wall
d) under-ground attenuation tank
e) 2.1m high powder coated steel fence enclosure containing new oil tank and generator with associated concrete plinth
f) 3 no. air to water heat pumps
g) ESB Unit Sub
h) site lighting
i) reconfiguring of existing service road to suit new layout
j) general upgrade of landscaped areas including the provision of a landscaped outdoor amenity ‘wandering route’ pathway & reconfiguring and extending of car parking facilities, along will all associated ancillary site services.
In welcoming the approval of planning permission for Kanturk Community Hospital, Cllr. O’Shea said: “Today is a red-letter day for healthcare in Kanturk, now that planning permission has been granted for these large-scale developments. Following in the footsteps of Millstreet Community Hospital, which has already seen considerable redevelopment works with more to be completed, it is very welcome to see that planning has been approved for Kanturk.
“Both Hospitals plays an integral role in the care of the elderly in the community and it is important that the quality of the service shown by staff at the Hospitals is matched by the quality of the infrastructure and facilities at the Hospitals, which will be the case in the very near future,” Cllr. O’Shea said.