Local TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has said he was delighted to learn that the HSE has applied for planning permission for the Corduff primary care centre.
The HSE has confirmed that work is due to start later this year or early next year on the long-awaited centre, if planning approval is successful. The application was lodged after a series of consultation meetings with residents and community groups.
“This is very welcome news and brings the centre one step closer. Although we have had to wait many years to even get to this stage, the fact that the HSE has now formally lodged a planning application is a significant development. But we do need to see concrete results,” Minister Varadkar said.
Planning permission has been sought for a 2,300 metre building, with two and three storey sections. It will house a primary care team, a child & adolescent mental health team, an early intervention team, a dental surgery and a GP surgery.
The application provides for a new entrance and access road from Blackcourt Road, along with pedestrian access from Corduff Avenue, Corduff Gardens, Corduff Way, and Corduff Shopping Centre. It also seeks to provide 61 car park spaces and enough storage for 20 bicycles.
“The Corduff primary care centre will bring many benefits to the area. It will be a one-stop-shop for local GPs and other health services,” Minister Varadkar said.
“We have only reached this stage thanks to the tireless work of local campaigners. Corduff already has a primary care team in place, which has been working from Hartstown for several years. And the Headstrong Jigsaw project for youth mental health is up and running as part of this campaign.”