Two-storey healthcare unit planned for Peamount would accommodate 100 people
By Laura Lyne
A NEW two-storey healthcare unit with accommodation for 100 people has been proposed by Peamount Healthcare at its site located on the Peamount Road in Newcastle.
An application was submitted for the development on January 29, with the proposed development also including ancillary healthcare services, catering, pharmacy and staff facilities, an access road and landscaping on the site.
It will also include the development of an internal link to the existing rehabilitiation unit, the demolition of a disused building and the redistribution of the existing car-park spaces.
In the application, Peamount Healthcare said: “The site location allows construction with minimal demolition/enabling works. It is located in an area of lower landscape sensitivity, adjacent to the existing Rehabilitation Services Building.
“It is proposed to have car-parking located a short distance away in ‘The Orchard’ area behind St Mary’s Ward.
“It should be noted that this area is historically referred to as The Orchard however it is no longer such and its current use is as an animal paddock.
“The configuration of the building allows views from all the bedrooms across landscape towards the Dublin Mountains, with the exception of a small number of bedrooms arranged around the courtyards.
“The siting of the building maintains the views and aspect from the existing buildings as much as possible, while also allowing for a direct connection to the existing rehabilitation units.
“The development will secure Peamount’s future role in providing HIQA registered residential care to older people and people with disabilities, and will enable Peamount to continue as an important referral point for rehabilitation to its acute hospital partners, general practitioners and the community.”
The development was recommended in a brief as part of Peamount Healthcare’s Five Year Strategy 2008-2013 and is part of the Peamount Healthcare Campus Master Plan which was published in October 2014.
Third party submissions on the application will be accepted until March 3, with a decision due on the application by March 24.