Major changes are in the pipeline for a proposed multi-million euro Kildare cancer clinic

Council asks developer to inform public

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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Major changes are in the pipeline for a proposed multi-million euro Kildare cancer clinic

The entrance to Magee Barracks in Kildare town

Major changes are planned for the country's first ever cancer proton clinic, which has been proposed for Magee Barracks in Kildare town

On foot of further information received by Kildare County Council, the local authority has asked the developer to re-advertise the project indicating the proposed changes. 

It suggested that proposed changes to the floor space of the clinic, the boundaries, the entrance, car parking, internal road layout, relocation of a pedestrian link and revised traffic impact statement should be included. 

The pioneering new proton treatment clinic could generate over 100 jobs and €100m for local economy.

In its original application submitted last February, Lonadale Limited said it wanted to demolish six existing buildings at the Magee Barracks site on Hospital Street to make way for the clinic over three storeys, covering 3,555sqm on a 2.5 hectares.

The proposal includes landscaped areas of open space, including a variety of gardens and 80 car parking spaces.

A new signalised road junction is planned at the entrance at Hospital Street, as well as pedestrian crossings, upgrades to footpaths, and road markings.

The plans were lodged on February 14 and a decision was due by April 10, but this has now been extended to allow the response to the request. 

It's understood the centre would be similar to Proton Partner’s Rutherford Cancer Centre, North East, at Bedlington, Northumberland.

The therapy uses a high-energy beam of protons rather than X-rays to deliver radiotherapy for patients, reducing the risk of damage to the surrounding healthy tissues.