Saturday, August 01, 2020

Ballina’s vacant Courthouse Hotel is the subject of a major development proposal that provides for the demolition of much of the rear of that property and the change of use of its front section into retail and office use.

An impression of what the proposed extension to Ballina Primary Care Centre will look like.

The changes are set out in a new planning application submitted to Mayo Co Council on July 19 last.

The proposal also provides for a substantial extension to the Ballina Primary Care Centre which is located just a few hundred metres down the road from the former hotel on Kevin Barry St.

The latter element of the development is comprised of a three storey extension  and an infill extension at second floor level as well as a single storey extension at the main entrance of the existing Primary Care Centre.

The extension will allow all primary care services including an x-ray and ultrasound suite to be delivered within one town centre site.

The changes to the Courthouse Hotel will entail a change of use from hotel to office and retail.

Drawings on the planning file indicate the rear portion of that structure will be demolished to accommodate an extension of the existing car park to its rear.

If approved it will be the second major development to take place on Kevin Barry St in the last year.

Work is ongoing at present on a new development at the site of the former Western People offices which will be comprised of a two-storey medical centre that will accommodate a doctor’s surgery, pharmacy and retail space.

A decision on the new planning application pertaining to the Courthouse Hotel and Ballina Primary Care Centre is due on September 8 next.

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