Approval granted for former tourist office in Cork to be redeveloped as hostel with ground floor bar 

Approval granted for former tourist office in Cork to be redeveloped as hostel with ground floor bar 

The Tourist House on Grand Parade is set to be redeveloped after An Bord Pleanála gave the green light for it to proceed as originally planned.

The Tourist House on Grand Parade is set to be redeveloped after An Bord Pleanála gave the green light for it to proceed as originally planned.

Cork City Council had previously granted permission for the development, subject to 23 conditions, but developers Bluescape Limited elected to appeal two of the attached conditions.

One of those conditions related to the height of the structure - City Hall’s planning department asked for one storey to be removed - but An Bord Pleanála has cleared the way for the development to move forward.

The proposal itself will see the alteration, conservation and change of use of the former tourist office to a hostel with ground floor bar.

The development will involve the demolition of buildings to the rear of 40-42 Grand Parade and the construction of a new six storey extension, as well as internal works to provide for a 48-bedroom hostel with 284-bed spaces.

A rooftop terrace is also incorporated in the plans.

Various third-party appeals were made on the development, including from one company who has a 99-year lease for a portion of the ground floor. 38 years into the lease they are not seeking to relocate.

Further issues were raised with the size and scale of the project, and damage to the skyline was highlighted as an issue.

Another appellant feared the inclusion of a bar would result in a proliferation of bars in this area of the city and would be detrimental to their appellant's business. The green-light was given subject to 14 conditions.

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