Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Stephen Donnelly has welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to approve the first phase of a new development for the old Dell site in Bray.
Deputy Donnelly explained, “This site has been lying idle since 2006 when Dell relocated to Cherrywood with the loss of around 1,000 local jobs. It’s not only been a waste of perfectly good land, but the empty space has also been an eyesore for the community.
“I’m very happy that a slightly altered version of the new design has been accepted by the planning authority. The latest plans will see a mix of residential and commercial properties erected. Part will be designated for a nursing home and part will be used as an office block. The changes involved the height of the buildings. Some locals had been worried that the planned 4 storeys would overlook their homes and restrict their views of Bray Head. Amendments were submitted to An Bord Pleanála and the new design will now stretch to only 3 storeys in the north and east of the site. These changes will hopefully alleviate the concerns of nearby residents and will allow the developers move a step closer to breaking ground.
“In my role as Health Spokesperson I can personally say I’m very relieved to see a brand-new nursing home coming into the area. My party has recently exposed serious delays in the project to upgrade existing nursing homes to acceptable standards. In Fact, almost one third of projects announced in 2016 have missed their completion date. It is absolutely essential we provide high quality accommodation for people at every stage in their life. We know many prefer to remain in their own home, but when that isn’t an option we absolutely have to provide top notch alternatives. We already have many fine nursing homes in Wicklow, hopefully this new nursing home will be prove to be a great addition”, concluded Donnelly.