Planning permission has been granted for a new care home and respite care facility in Carndonagh.
The 58 bedroom care home will be located on the grounds of Churchtown Lodge along the Buncrana Road, while the 10 bedroom respite care facility will occupy Churchtown Lodge itself, with a new extension.
The developers, Glashedy Investments Ltd. headed by local businessman, Sean Keogh, have received over a hundred messages of congratulations from the public, confirming the need for the project to serve the Inishowen area. The only Care homes in Inishowen are located at Buncrana and Fahan.
Welcoming the decision by Donegal County Council, Cllr. Martin McDermott said that he was speaking for the people of Carndonagh particularly and the remainder of north Inishowen residents, in that the provision of the care home and respite care facility would fill a yawning gap in the overall absence of support services for the elderly in Inishowen. Cllr. McDermott’s support for the much-needed proposal was echoed by other members of the Council in the Inishowen Municipal Area.
It is anticipated that construction on the development will commence in the spring of next year, with a completion date in 2024. Employment of up to a hundred workers will be engaged during the construction stage, while it is envisaged that the development will require up to forty full-time medical and support staff employees, when the facility becomes operational.
A spokesperson for Glashedy Investments Ltd. confirmed that talks have already taken place with the relevant HSE personnel in respect to the facility.
The spokesperson added that the County Council planning staff had been meticulous and thorough in its assessment of the proposal, ensuring that every issue had been fully examined and outstanding matters addressed. As such, Glashedy Developments Ltd are eagerly looking forward to the commencement of works and that there would be no further delays to the project.