A DEVELOPMENT of 43 houses for the elderly at Mooncoin has been given approval by Kilkenny County Council.
The aim is to cater for both an aging population in the local area and also elderly emigrants wanting to return to Kilkenny.
Planning permission has been granted to registered charity Le Cheile Housing Ltd to complete the Polerone Road development in two phases.
The first phase is to include houses 1-9 and 29-43, plus a community facility building, a public open space, parking and all site infrastructural works; and the second phase is to consist of the remainder of the houses and development. The community building is due to include an administration office, laundry, dining room, sacristy, oratory room, TV room, hairdressers and toilets to serve the residents.
“The site is located in proximity and walking distances to community facilities in Mooncoin which can facilitate independence for the elderly and are essential to the well-being and functioning of populated areas. These facilities include health clinics, schools, churches, shopping facilities, community halls, burial grounds etc and is also located adjoining an existing nursing home development,” according to the planning file.
“(The) adjoining nursing home is stated as being at capacity and comprises a different form of elderly provision that needs a more advanced level of care than would be required by less dependent elderly persons,” it states.
“The proposed development provides a new alternative to nursing homes whilst allowing complementary uses within the same community. It is seen as model development with a specific housing need. The bed unit costs in the project is less than that of nursing home care.”
The Le Cheile development is based on the Sue Ryder model, whose location in Nenagh, County Tipperary is seen as a similar successful development, according to the planning file.
“There is a growing aging population and the focus of this application is now towards the provision of step-down facilities in association with the HSE and the returning elderly emigrants to Kilkenny,” it states.