Friday 18 January 2019

New planning lodged for Fermoy healthcare centre

Second application is lodged with County Council for redevelopment of complex

Bill Browne

A second planning application has been lodged with Cork County Council planners for the redevelopment of the empty Mill Island complex in Fermoy into primary healthcare centre.

In January of this year a previous application lodged with planners in late  December in the name of UHPC International was deemed invalid as it did not comply with planning and development regulations. 

The renewed application, tents of which are similar to those lodged in the original one, makes provision for a change of use for existing buildings, including the original Mill building and the newer office  structure, into a primary healthcare centre for HSE and general medical doctors. 

If granted, permission the development will entail the demolition of an existing single-storey staff catering building adjoining the mill and a section of the aforementioned office block. 

The plan also incorporates a proposed 2,000 sq metre two-storey extension to the block, a new entrance lobby and coffee shop, and the removal of the central floor area in the middle of the building to create a 'light well' for improved ventilation and light. 

A new two-storey 408 sq metre building will serve as a dispensary and medical aid area. 

The Mill building, a protected structure, will be completely refurbished with work planned for the building to include replacement windows, the construction of a new slate roof and new service installation. 

The development will see the total floor area of the buildings on the site expanded from 3,223 sq metres to 4,112 sq metres. 

Externally, the car park, which currently has 274 spaces, will be resurfaced and laid out with spaces for 217 cars and the existing vehicle entrance adjusted to cater for both pedestrian and cycle entrance.

The new Mill boundary treatment and landscaping will remain untouched and the existing ESB substation will be retained. 

A Natura Impact Statement has also been submitted with the planning application. 

Submissions relating to the application must be lodged with Cork County Council by Monday, April 30, with planners setting a provisional decision date of Monday, May 24. 

To view the application visit the planning section at