BANDON is to get a new library, civic centre and primary healthcare facility at the Old Market at St Patrick’s Place, after An Bord Pleanála gave the green light for the development.
In more good news for the town, it is also understood that a site for a new extensive playground has been secured, next to the MUGA facility on the Glasslyn Road, with plans to extend the existing car park to cater for additional users using the new playground.
Farnaharr Ltd had applied to Cork County Council last year to demolish the existing single and two storey retail units at the old shopping centre, known as The Old Market, and construct a three-storey development consisting of a primary care centre, three retail units and library.
Council chief executive Tim Lucey has welcomed the news.
‘I welcome the decision of An Bord Pleanála to uphold the original planning approval by Cork County Council with regard to the library, and in particular it stated that the proposed development would be acceptable in terms of scale, mass and design, would enhance the visual amenity and character of the area, and would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience,’ said Mr Lucey.
Chair of Bandon Kinsale Municipal District, Cllr Aidan Lombard also welcomed these latest developments.