Opinion Analysis

Thursday 15 November 2018

Coalition will be hoping An Bord Pleanála plays ball

An image of the projected Rainbow Garden in the hospital.
An image of the projected Rainbow Garden in the hospital.
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Securing planning permission for the new National Children's Hospital is not a foregone conclusion. The developers have a number of stumbling blocks to overcome before An Bord Pleanála agrees that the much-needed project should go ahead.

Two issues stand out - the first deals with traffic and the second the loss of daylight. The planners' report says the site is well located and well served by public transport, but that the scale of the project will mean local traffic issues may arise.

That means cars may be forced to queue before entering the facility, which could cause local congestion, with knock-on implications for bus services. There is also the question of dealing with the HGVs which will remove some 12,000 tonnes of spoil from the site during construction works and excavations.

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