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€18m luxury flats plan dropped for nursing home bid

AN ambitious plan for a major new business and residential complex at the heart of a North County Dublin town has been shelved in favour of a proposed nursing home.

In 2007, the Ardrium Partnership was given the green light by Fingal County Council to proceed with the ambitious €18m development in Swords, which was to include 46 apartments and offices.

However, the applicants have now submitted revised plans for a nursing home, primary care facilities and independent living accommodation in place of the residential element in previously approved plans.

The nursing home would have 65 bedrooms on four floors and a roof garden at first floor level.

A primary care unit with 13 consultation rooms and 20 one-bedroom independent living units are also proposed.

The move comes as it emerged that there are more than 300,000 homes lying empty around the country, according to The National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), which advises the Government.

Their figure is three time the number of vacant homes offered by Housing Minister Michael Finneran who last week, told the Cabinet the figure was between 100,000 to 140,000.