Appeals lodged against plans for Ballybrit hotel & spa

Galway Daily news Appeals lodged against plans for Ballybrit hotel & spa

Multiple appeals have been made to An Bord Pleanála in relation to planning permission for an hotel and spa in Ballybrit.

Galway City Council approved plans by Parosi Developments for a seven storey hotel and spa at Briarhill Business Park last month.

The initial plans were for an eight storey building with 186 guest bedrooms, but the council instructed that one floor, the equivalent of 29 rooms, should be removed from the plans.

The ground floor of the hotel will contain the reception area, lounge area, a restaurant, a bar, a lobby, toilet facilities, and back of house rooms.

The first floor of the building will be given over to the spa facilities including a swimming pool, a whirlpool, a sauna/steam room, male and female changing rooms, and storage rooms.

Other spa facilities will include a treatment room, a studio, a gym, a lobby area, a storage area, and eight meeting rooms.

Two third party appeals against the city council’s decision to grant planning permission for the hotel have now been made to An Bord Pleanála.

Parosi developments have also lodged a first party appeal against two of the conditions of the planning permission.

They are appealing against the council instructing that one floor should be removed from the eight storey initial design.

The developer is also appealing condition No. 4 of the planning permission, which states that the gym shall be for guest use only, and not open to the public.

In both cases, the developer argues that removing a floor, and limiting the gym usage, will affect the commercial viability of the hotel.

An Bord Pleanála is currently due to rule on these appeals by July 26 of this year.