Killarney GPs behind a Primary Care Centre, refused planning permission by Killarney Town Council have referred the decision to An Bord Pleanala. The appeal calls for the planning authority to clarify if the dispensary is exempted development. Four years ago a number of Killarney GPs formed a consortium with a view to developing the primary care centre on the grounds of St Finian’s Hospital. Killarney Town Council however refused permission to allow the inclusion of a dispensary as part of the overall project.
The Killarney Primary Care Development Group now want An Bord Pleanala to decide whether the dispensary is in fact an exempted development. It was estimated that the development would have generated 40 million euro for the local economy during the building phase, which was expected to take 18 months and employ 150 people. It was also estimated that the centre would employ 200 people.
A decision by An Bord Pleanala is expected in mid October.