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Brian McConville

Brian McConville

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Brian McConville

A council has granted planning permission for a new health centre in Co Down.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council passed plans for the Health Hub development in Rathfriland last night.

The scheme is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Brian McConville, who owns businesses including MJM Marine, Mivan and Topglass.

Mr McConville is also in the running to build a Heathrow logistics hub at the former Shackleton Barracks in Ballykelly, Co Londonderry

The Rathfriland project, which came before the council with no objections following extensive community consultation, was passed without issue.

The centre was proposed in response to concerns about healthcare provision following the closure of a GP practice.

Various plans to upgrade the heavily oversubscribed John Street Health Centre were pursued over the years, to no avail.

The scheme brought forward by Mr McConville's property division, Rathbane Holdings, will see the development of a GP surgery and associated facilities - such as a pharmacy, physiotherapist, podiatrist, dentist and optician - a 140-bedroom nursing home, a number of retirement homes and 14 assisted living apartments at Newry Street.

Belfast Telegraph