Fingal Borough Council has expressed “significant concerns” over plans to build a new road to serve a new 142-room “Target” hotel for Howth in north Dublin.
In July Citywest Hotel owners Tetrarch Capital submitted plans for the new hotel on the site of the former Deer Park Hotel in Howth.
The hotel is part of Tetrarch’s broader plans for the Howth Estate and the hotel includes a rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace, spa, fitness center and swimming pool.
Tetrarch’s plan is for the existing Deer Park building to be demolished and replaced with the new four-story hotel.
Now, a planner’s report from Fingal County Council said the scale and need for the new access road for the hotel “appears excessive”.
The new road is also the focus of objections from the local Church of Ireland, local residents and local Social Democrat TD Cian O’Callaghan.
In objecting to the proposal, Mr O’Callaghan TD told Council that he was “strongly opposed to the proposed construction of a new road through accessible lands on the Howth Estate”.
He said the new road would permanently disrupt that amenity “and would significantly reduce the amenity value of these lands.”
In a series of additional information requested from applicants, the Tetrarch Council said it had “significant concerns about the nature, route and size of the proposed access road and the consequent impact on the established sensitive environment”.
The council has asked the applicant to show how the road meets various objectives of the county development plan and to provide further information detailing the rationale and requirements for the road.
It asked the applicant to explain clearly why the existing access road is not sufficient.
The council planner’s report states that the proposed access road is “superfluous” for lack of adequate justification.
It states: “The incorporation of this significant piece of infrastructure would radically transform this part of the dominion that has historically been a parkland and golf course since the late 20th century.”
The Council asked applicants for a number of pieces of information in 10 headings on eight pages.
Tetrarch expects 300 jobs to be created during the construction of the new hotel and a further 280 once it is fully operational.
Aoife McCarthy of Tom Phillips and Associates told Fingal County Council on behalf of Tetrarch that the proposal will provide “a target hotel for Howth that has been lacking in recent years”.
However, as part of an 18-page filing, the selected sacristy of Howth Parish, St Mary’s Church, is one of several parties objecting to the hotel project and the focus of the objections is the construction of a new road to serve the development.
As part of the 18-page filing by Select Vestry, it is claimed that the developer’s application involves the construction of a road which is “demonstrated to be unnecessary for the proposed development as there is an existing road leading to a hotel and an extensive public golf course served for decades”.
https://www.independent.ie/news/significant-concerns-raised-over-new-road-for-142-bed-destination-hotel-on-howth-peninsula-41995088.html Significant concerns over the new road for the 142 bed ‘target hotel’ on the Howth Peninsula