Planning permission has been approved for the second phase of refurbishment and extension works at Millstreet Community Hospital, North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea has confirmed. The planning application was submitted to Cork County Council in February, following the completion of the first phase of works in 2018.
Permission has now been granted for the second phase, which includes the construction of a single-storey extension to the existing hospital, consisting of 11 ensuite bedrooms, dining room, kitchen store and changing facilities, new extended day rooms, toilets and assisted bathrooms, administration offices, relocated staff changing facilities, laundry room, plant room, meter room, new link corridor, and secure garden courtyard.
Permission has also been granted for the demolition of several structures within the grounds, including two existing single-storey rear extensions, part of a rear kitchen extension, garden wall to the rear of the site and roadside wall to the front of the building.
Other aspects of the submission include: partial removal and alterations to the existing rear access road; provision of landscaped outdoor amenity and pathway; external site lighting; roof mounted PV panels; reconfiguring and extending of existing car parking facilities from 18 spaces to 32 spaces; and general upgrade of landscaping areas.
Commenting this week, Cllr. O’Shea said: “I am very pleased that the green light has been given for the second phase of refurbishment and extension works at Millstreet Community Hospital. I had the pleasure to visit Millstreet Community Hospital with Minister of State with responsibility for Older People, Jim Daly TD, late last year and both he and I were very impressed by the refurbishments that had been completed by that time.
“The refurbishments in the second phase will make the hospital a state-of-the-art facility that will continue to cater to the needs of its patients and its staff. These works, as well as refurbishment works at Kanturk Community Hospital are being funded through the government’s Capital Investment Plan.”