Hotel granted permission for 48-room expansion

CORK County Council has granted a number of significant planning permissions, including an extension to the Rochestown Park Hotel, which will make it the second largest hotel in Munster.

Managing director of Rochestown Park Liam Lally said the 48-bedroom extension would be in addition to the 163 bedrooms in the facility and 20 bedrooms which are contained in eight executive townhouses surrounding the main building.

“This will give us a total of 231 rooms, making us the second biggest hotel in Munster, just behind The Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney,” Mr Lally said.

He said the extension will cost in the region of €10 million.

“We are doing this because of the demand for hotels with good conference facilities. We hope to start construction by early autumn and to have all the new bedrooms opened by next July,” Mr Lally added.

The Radon Ireland Group, based in Coachford, has been granted permission to proceed with 47 houses at Ballymakeera.

Council planning officials have received several applications in the past few days, including one from Dublin-based Airtricity, which hopes to erect seven wind turbines at Kippagh, Drinagh. The application also includes as 50-metre high meteorological mast, electrical sub-station and a control building.

The voluntary housing organisation Clúid wants to build a residential training unit for the disabled, plus self-contained apartments and dining room at Ramsey Hill, Courtmacsherry.

Developer Anthony O’Brien has applied for 18 two-storey houses at Ladysbridge, while Knocknacullen Ltd wants to build 26 apartments in three blocks at Gurranabraher, on the north side of Cork city.

Kathleen McCarthy has lodged plans for a mix of 24 houses at Derrigra, Ballineen, and developer Finbarr Tierney is seeking the green light to construct 22 homes at Jagoe’s Mills, Kinsale.

Meanwhile, An Bord Pleanála has received a number of objections against a major development earmarked for the corner of Carrigrohane Road and Victoria Cross.

The objections have been lodged against the construction of a mixed use development, comprising of commercial units and 74 apartments, which had been granted by Cork City Council.

The board has also received an objection to the demolition of 20 Hanover Street and its replacement with 14 apartments with a roof garden.

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