Objections lodged against planned Grand Parade hostel and bar

Objections lodged against planned Grand Parade hostel and bar
The hostel is planned for the former tourist office building on Grand Parade.

A number of objections have been lodged against plans for a 48-room hostel to be located in the centre of Cork on the Grand Parade.

London company Westhill, through an Irish subsidiary Bluescape Limited, is planning to convert the former tourist office on Grand Parade into a six-storey hostel made up of 48 rooms providing 284-bed spaces.

The development called ‘Tourist House’ at 40-42 Grand Parade will also include a ground floor bar along with shared toilet/shower facilities, laundry room, storerooms, rooftop terrace, reception, social area, kitchen and bicycle storage.

The company said that despite Cork's scale and status as the State’s second-largest city, Cork it is only 4th in terms of the number of hotels on offer, the company said.

They lodged their plans for the site's redevelopment last month but the proposals has attracted objections and submissions from nearby landowners who have raised concerns about the proposal.

Casey's Furniture store said they welcomed the redevelopment of the site as a hostel but said they had serious concerns about the proposed ground-floor bar. 

They point out that there are nine bars within 200 metres of the site and if the hostel bar was to proceed it would result in a "serious over-predominance of bars within an area close to the primary retail area of the city."

Another landowner said the height of the planned hostel would "obliterate" light to neighbouring properties.

A third submission said that if permission os to be granted the building should be reduced in height by two or three storeys.

They also pointed out that the developers made no plans for Rochford's Lane, the narrow laneway linking Granda Parde to Grafton Lane. THey said all property owners who have access to the lane have indicated a desire to see it closed and controlled by gates as it has been used for years for urinating, defecating, drinking and drug abuse.

City planners will consider the submissions and objections and are expected to make a decision on the hostel in early August.

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