A planning application for the new Children’s Hospital at St James’s in Dublin will be submitted today to An Bord Pleanála.
The 650 million euro development will see services at the three existing hospitals in Crumlin, Tallaght and Temple Street, combined on one campus. The planning application being lodged today includes a hospital, parent accomodation and research buildings at the St James’s campus. It also features plans for two out-patient and urgent care centres at Blanchardstown and Tallaght hospitals.The location for the National Children’s hospital was chosen in November 2012 – after An Bord Pleanala rejected an earlier application placing it at the Mater Hospital. There’s been opposition to the plans from children’s groups who say the location is wrong. CEO of the Jack and Jill Foundation Jonathan Irwin says it should be on the outskirts of the city instead. If permission for the plans is granted, building work on the 650 million euro facility at St James’s could start next year, with the hospital being fully opened by around 2020.