What Are 'Health Projects' For Strategic Infracture Purposes?

Author:Ms Nicola Dunleavy
Profession:Matheson Ormsby Prentice

The 2010 Planning Act expanded the categories of projects that may qualify for strategic infrastructure status to include a very broad definition of "health infrastructure" of "a health care facility providing in-patient services, but excluding a development which is predominantly for the purpose of providing care services within the meaning given to that term by section 3 of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009". The strategic infrastructure process is a one-stage, fast-track planning process that allows private, and public, sector developers of specified infrastructure projects to apply directly to the Planning Board for planning approval. The broad definition resulted in a series of pre-application consultations with the Planning Board to ascertain if health care projects have strategic infrastructure status. In 2011, the Board decided that the HSE's proposal to relocate the 50-bed Acute Adult Mental Health Unit was not strategic infrastructure...

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