Go-ahead to new Ferndale pharmacy and GP’s surgery
WEXFORD County Council has granted planning permission for the building of a new doctor’s surgery and pharmacy in an existing retail/neighbourhood centre at Ferndale Park housing estate in Coolcotts.
Killyon Investments Ltd, owned by Wexford pharmacist Derek Fehily and his wife Kesree, have been given the goahead to develop a two-storey modern building comprising a pharmacy on the ground floor and a GP’s surgery with five consultation rooms on the first floor, adjacent to the local supermarket. The area is zoned for Neighbourhood Centre/Mixed use.
Executive planner Niamh Lennon noted that the site design has a shortfall of 13 car parking spaces but this is compensated for by alternative parking at the retail centre owned by Anthony Doyle.
‘In view of the improvements that the proposed development will bring from a visual amenity but also community facility point of view, I consider it appropriate to allow the shortfall of parking to be accommodated within the wider community/neighbourhood centre site,’ she said.
‘The proposed medical centre and pharmacy will be a welcome addition to the existing neighbourhood centre. The modern design will provide a welcome improvement to the streetscape of the neighbourhood centre,’ she added.
The owner Mr. Doyle has stated that he has no objection to the existing parking facilities being used by customers of the pharmacy and surgery.
A condition of planning is that window glazing on the southwestern upper floor should be obscured to ensure there is no risk of overlooking into the adjoining single storey residential properties.