Council rejects converting city centre apartments to apart-hotel

Galway Daily news An Bord Pleanála overrules own Inspector to approve converting city centre apartments to apart-hotel

Planning permission has been refused to convert an apartment building in Galway City Centre to a self-catering hotel.

Cornacloy Property Holdings Limited sought approval to convert the 17 apartments in the CityPoint building to an apart-hotel usage.

The 17 apartments are currently part of a mixed-use development, occupied by TK Maxx at the ground level, along with other businesses.

The residential units are located on the third to fifth floors of the building.

Galway City Council rejected the plans, saying in its decision that it was “unacceptable” for the apartments to be converted to short term tourist accommodation.

This would be “contrary to the housing strategy, the housing policy, and the neighbourhood concept as outlined in the Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023”, and contrary to proper planning.

Converting the apartments to hotel usage would “reduce the supply and availability of long term accommodation in the city”, where there is a high demand, the council further said.