Good news for Fermoy this week with plans afoot to build a primary healthcare centre for the HSE and a general medical doctors' premises at the Mill Island site at Mill Road, planning permission being sought by UHPC International Ltd from Cork County Council.

Permission is being sought to build a two storey extension to Block A of the building, a new entrance lobby with a coffee shop, a five story lift serving the Mill and external steps. The application also details permission sought for a new two storey building which will be used as a 'dispensary and medical aid area'. 

Plans include the demolition of an existing single storey link, a staff catering building and sections of Block A adjoining the mill.

The mill building which is a protected structure, will be refurbished. Work to the building will include replacement windows, construction of a new slate roof and new service installation. 

The existing surface of the carpark containing space for 274 cars will be resurfaced and laid out with parking spaces for 217 cars. The existing ESB substation will be retained and new building and site signage will be installed. The existing vehicle access will be adjusted to allow for both pedestrian and cycle access. The County Council is expected to make a decision in a number of months. 

Michael Hanley of the Enterprise Board welcomes the development plans. “I am delighted to see the site revitalised,” he said. “We, the Enterprise Board, wish the development all the best as it progresses.”