New development could bring 600 jobs to Wicklow

Planning permission was granted today for a major tourism project at Humewood Castle and Estate worth around €250m.

Planning permission was granted today for a major tourism project at Humewood Castle and Estate worth around €250m.

Developers Lalco claim it will lead to 400 jobs during the construction phase, with a further 200 expected when the development is operational.

The development will involve a restoration of the 19th Century Humewood castle, placing it at the centre of a five-star hotel.

Lalco expects to commence the castle restoration this year, with the entire project due for completion by 2010. Lalco will also develop a spa and banqueting facility to cater for up to 350 guests.

The project also includes 57 luxurious serviced tourist lodges to be located throughout Humewood Estate in defined small clusters.

This will comprise a mix of three- and four-bedroom farmyard and lakeside lodges to be completed on a phased basis by 2010.

American golf architect Kyle Philips will design an 18-hole course for the estate to include an indoor golf clinic, driving range and club-house facilities.

"The renovation of Humewood will be of significant benefit to the local community in Kiltegan and the wider Wicklow area," said Lalco chief executive John Lally.

"We are making a substantial long-term investment to create an exclusive tourist destination for the region. We intend to be fully sympathetic to the heritage and history of Humewood Estate and have worked closely with Wicklow County Council and local tourism interests to ensure our plans reflect this.

"Our overriding aim is to restore Humewood to its former glory allowing a new generation to experience its character and charm".

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