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Plans for Mater Private extension

The proposed development seeks to deliver additional capacity to the hospital through the provision of extensions of the second and third floors of the building.

The development also consists of the provision of a plant room and other ancillary works.

According to Tom Phillips and Associates, who made the planning application to Dublin City Council on behalf of the Mater Private, the extension “provides an opportunity to augment existing hospital facilities by providing limited but much-needed additional floor space”.

Although the precise intended use of the extensions has not been decided upon, “hospital/medical-related uses will be accommodated therein, as per the existing established use.”

They also said the proposal represents the efficient and sustainable use of “scarce Z15-zoned lands on a site well served by existing and proposed public transport facilities.

“In conclusion, having regard to the long-established nature of the facility and the compliance of the proposed development with the site’s zoning objectives, we consider that the proposed scheme is wholly compliant with the relevant policy documents and will not seriously injure the amenities of the area nor property in the vicinity, and would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience,” according to the document.

“The development will contribute to the continued development of a world-class healthcare hub in the north city centre and will complement the current and future hospital developments on the adjoining Mater public campus.”

Meanwhile, planning permission has been granted by Dublin City Council for a development that comprises the extension of the existing gynaecology clinic in the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street.

The use of the new extension will be clinical rooms/treatment rooms on the ground floor and administration support on the first floor, with an internal stairs to connect both floors. The extension has a total of 148sqm and is concealed on three sides by the existing hospital building.

The residents of Holles Row objected to the development on the grounds of traffic disruption. While the planner’s report acknowledged that construction traffic can potentially cause disruption to residents on Holles Row, due to the restricted nature of the National Maternity Hospital site, it is considered an acceptable construction route.

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