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Saturday 3 December 2016

Church on new hospital site 'can be torn down'

A model of the new children's hospital that was made in August
A model of the new children's hospital that was made in August

A 19th Century church on the site of the proposed national children's hospital can be demolished, according to Dublin City Council.

The demolition of the church on the grounds of St James's Hospital in Dublin can take place as long as certain conditions are met, the recommendation to An Bord Pleanala states.

The demolition had been opposed by residents' groups and organisations who are objecting to choosing St James's as a site for the hospital and some heritage bodies.

The Dublin City Council recommendations, which will come before this month's local authority meeting, are broadly supportive of the plans put forward by the new hospital's development board, which submitted a planning application with An Board Pleanala in August.

Capped

Among the recommendations are that car parking for the entire St James's Hospital Campus shall be capped at 2,000 spaces. No spaces above this number will be considered for any future developments within the campus.

Concerns have previously been raised over the lack of possibilities for future development of the new campus.

One of the concerned parents, Mark Fitzpatrick (38), whose 20 month-old son, Eric, suffers from a rare and severe form of epilepsy, feels an "awful lot of concern" with regards to the proposed site.

"For me, the site is completely inadequate for future building, it's a no-brainer," he previously told the Herald.

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