Plans for three storey extension to Fairways Hotel and 48 new homes on site
The owners of the Fairways Hotel are seeking permission to build 48 new homes on the Dublin Road site, as well as construct a new three storey extension to the hotel.
East Coast Catering (Ireland) have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission for a mixed use development which would consist of extensions and alterations to the hotel building and the construction of 48 new dwellings towards the southern part of the site.
The proposed extensions and alterations to the hotel consist of the addition of a new three storey block to the north, accommodating a new reception/foyer/bar/restaurant at ground level, with bedrooms located on the upper floors. There would also be the provision of a new three storey bedroom wing to the south of the existing three storey bedroom block to provide a hotel with 102 bedrooms overall.
Dundalk-based East Coast Catering, who bought the hotel and its 5.8 hectare site for €2.5 million two years ago this month, are also seeking permission to carry out upgrade and reconfiguration works to the existing three storey bedroom block that includes enclosing balconies to existing bedrooms at second floor level in the front west elevation, as well as a new external facade and internal reconfiguration including partial demolition of some internal/exteral walls.
The proposed extensions and alterations also provide for a covered pedestrian walkway along the northern elevation leading from a proposed car parking area (to the east) to a new ‘side’ entrance located in the northern elevation of the hotel. In addition, new internal and external service facilities are proposed along with new signage. The proposed new signage consists of facade signage as well as totem signage at the site entrance.
As well as the changes to the hotel, the proposed residential element of the development comprises 40 houses and eight apartments.
The proposed houses would be in detached and semi-detached format and range in height from two to three storeys. The apartments are accommodated in two two storey buildings, all with own door access.
The proposed development will also provide for all associated site development works including car parking, alterations to ground levels, open space, landscapiing and boundary treatments, including the construction of a section of retaining wall along the south-western boundary of the site, public lighting and services.
Vehicular access to the proposed development (hotel and residential) will be provided via the existing entrance to the Fairways Hotel site off the Dublin Road (R132).
Last month Talk of the Town revealed that plans for a creche and bingo hall on the site had been scrapped with East Coast Catering putting forward proposals to replace them with three retail units and a coffee shop. Meanwhile, work is continuing on a new retail development on the site which began just before Christmas. It is understood this will house a new supermarket, with SuperValu understood to be planning a move into the facility once complete.
The new plans will be of interest to residents in the Stamanaran estate, some of whom have sought legal advice over the current construction going on at the hotel.
There had been planning permission already granted for 93 new housing units on the site although this is expected to be altered if the current proposals proceed. A decision on the matter is due by August 6th.
Around 80 jobs were lost when The Fairways Hotel closed its doors on January 5th 2015.