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Friday 24 November 2017

Revolutionary treatments on way if plans approved

APPLICATION LODGED FOR SPECIALISED CLINIC AT RAILWAY HOUSE

Railway House, Malahide
Railway House, Malahide

Robin KIELY

A NEW medical practice offering revolutionary treatments for respiratory illnesses could be on the way to Malahide, if the local authority gives the go-ahead.

Richie Lindsay is seeking permission to change a first floor premises at Railway House from an office into a clinic, specialising in climatherapy.

Already popular in the United States, climatherapy involves the treatment of a disease by exposing the patient to a climate more favourable for recovery.

If granted permission, the proposed medical practice will encompass an office and a climatherapy clinic, providing drug-free respiratory treatment for asthma, hay fever, sinus problems, bronchitis, coughing and wheezing.

'Climatherapy is a growing discipline of medicine, wherein persons stay within a standardised controlled climatic area for a certain period of time, during which time specially composed air is inhaled through normal breathing capacity,' the applicants said.

'The microclimate air is of a high quality, thereby ensuring a stable temperature and a low humidity in the air.'

The building in question is located on Railway Avenue, which connects Old Street and Malahide Railway Station, in the centre of the town, bounded by single storey houses to the west, a paved public space to the east and an adjoining single storey structure to the south.

Pre-planning consultation has already taken place between the local authority and KSA, acting on behalf of the applicant, which found the plans to be 'generally acceptable subject to normal planning criteria'. The lands on which the building stands are zoned 'suburban centre', which allows in principle for 'medical and related consultants' uses and according to the applicant, the proposed development will build upon ' the vitality and viability' of the existing centre of the town, while adding to its mix of services and facilities. The scheme would required some minor internal modifications, including internal layout and the reconfiguration of internal partition walls, however, the changes would have no impact on the streetscape or the existing external features of the property. According to the plans, two employees will operate the proposed unit, which would be open during standard clinic hours, with customers attending through appointments.

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