Unit planned beside nursing home

Planning permission is being sought to build a two-storey commercial unit on the outskirts of Cavan Town in close proximity to a site where there are already existing plans to build a 96-bedroom, two-storey nursing home.

Earlier this year, Westate Ltd was granted an additional five years in which to build the nursing home development at Cornagleragh or Oldtown which, when first announced, was projected to cost more than €10 million to deliver and create up to 50 construction jobs in the process.

Now Weststate Ltd has returned to Cavan County Council with a fresh set of plans - this time to erect a fully serviced, two-storey, split level commercial unit at Oldtown, Cavan Town, accessing the site via a road permitted under the nursing home proposal.

The development, plans for which were lodged last month, with a decision due in mid-September, will also incorporate administration and staff facility areas, a single-storey manufacturing/assembly/ storage areas, together with parking, signage, landscaping, and all ancillary works.

Council planners granted the extension of time for the nursing home development with a condition the works be carried out and completed by the revised date of December 9, 2025.

The latest application was submitted to the council on behalf of Weststate Ltd, which has an address at Carrickane, by Butlersbridge-based Michael Fitzpatrick Architects.

Prior to commencement of works on the nursing home, Weststate Ltd is required to pay the local authority €113,954 in development fees.

In 2016, Weststate Ltd was granted planning to erect eight fully serviced semi-detached houses on existing foundations of previously approved at the development known as ‘Oldtown Manor’.

The eight were among 48 to be built by Newry-based construction contractors Lavelle & Mcalinden.