Flat complex residents given time limit to leave their homes

Four residents of a flat complex in Tralee have been given until the first week in November to vacate their homes to make way for the development of a new retirement and health centre in the town. A planning application to build a medical centre, retirement apartments and an underground carpark on the site is currently being assessed by Tralee Town Council. The building is close to the Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee.The request for planning permission was submitted to Tralee Town Council in June of this year, but the application was sent back with a request for further information on a number of points. This happened in August when the local authority wanted a guarantee that no work on the proposed retirement home development will commence until an archeological assessment has been carried out.Amongs other points, there were concerns regarding trees that are situated at the front of the current property. Should any of the trees be damaged or removed, the planning department of Tralee Town Council is seeking an assurance from the developer that semi-mature trees be planted instead. The developer has six months to address these concerns before the planning timescale for Saint Anne’s Flats expires. This will come as little comfort to one resident who has been asked to leave. He says he has been on a housing waiting list for six years and he can’t afford to go anywhere else.